Sara Schonhardt is a freelance reporter currently writing about and exploring her home state of Ohio after 15 years away. A longtime international reporter, she worked for nearly eight years in Indonesia for outlets such as The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor and Voice of America. She was most recently a Jakarta-based staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Schonhardt has always enjoyed writing about social issues and how policies are impacting people. She traveled to Guatemala late last year through a fellowship with the International Reporting Project to document how women were responding to issues related to the environment.
Lidia Florentino Cumes Cumez is one of several women working on a project to paint the 800 homes of Santa Catarina Palopó using colors and designs created by indigenous women that imitate their traditional weavings. Nearly 50 homes have been painted thus far, and 150 are on a waitlist for the next round.
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Villagers in Aceh claim ExxonMobil is responsible for human rights abuses committed by Indonesian soldiers guarding its natural gas pipeline and processing facility.
A chocolate factory tries to tap new tastes in Indonesia.
Panicked residents hustled to escape the city, and, possibly, another giant wave, just eight years after the 2004 devastation.