Fire at the local market…

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Last Saturday we woke up to the news that the local market (pasar) had burned down!  Wow!  Apparently a stove had exploded near the clothing section…  That’s the word on the street anyway.  The market is a very crowded place with of course, no sprinkler system.  I doubt there was even much water available.  Eventually the police came and used their crowd control water gun thingy.  Rather whimpy as you can see on the photo.  Where was the local fire department?  I have no idea.  Every day I drive by it and see around 4 fire engines all parked and ready to go…

People here don’t have insurance of course, so many lost their livelihoods in the fire.  Many of the vendors are also of the predominant religion and may view this as a direct punishment.  At the time of the fire, we were still in the month of Ramadan, the month of fasting where they attempt to attone for their sins.  Yesterday was Idul Fitri which marks the end of the time of fasting.  It’s a time to celebrate and give gifts, visit family and friends and eat lots of good food…  sound kinda familiar?  So the market burning down just last Saturday had a massive impact!


About Erica Feunekes

Myself, my husband Hugo and our five kids live and work in Sentani, Papua, with Mission Aviation Fellowship.
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One Response to Fire at the local market…

  1. doulanic says:

    Wow – that’s devastating. Keep us posted as to the aftermath of this fire and the whole religious spin on it. Hoping you are all keeping safe and well!

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