Human Interest Story: The Fisherman of Loli Tasiburi Village, Central Sulawesi

Nanang (40) adalah salah satu penyintas gempa dan tsunami yang terjadi di Sulawesi Tengah pada 28 September 2018. Beliau merupakan penduduk di Desa Loli Tasiburi, Kecamatan Banawa, Kabupaten Donggala. Ayah dari empat orang anak ini sedang menyetir mobil yang mengangkut semen dari arah Tonase ke Loli Tasiburi pada saat gempa dan tsunami terjadi. Saat melihat air laut yang naik sampai sekitar 8 meter, Nanang pun melompat keluar dari mobil dan berusaha berlari. Nanang lalu di temukan di bawah tumpukan kayu dan sebuah mobil setelah terseret tsunami sekitar 300 meter. Selama terseret arus tsunami tersebut, Nanang berjuang untuk tetap bertahan dengan mencoba menahan nafasnya sampai air surut.

Saat ditemui oleh tim IBU, Nanang masih mengalami kesulitan dalam berjalan dan masih menggunakan tongkat pembantu. Nanang mengalami banyak luka-luka berat di sekujur tubuhnya yang menyebabkan Nanang kesulitan dalam berjalan dan bergerak. Lelaki yang berprofesi sebagai nelayan ini sempat dirawat di rumah sakit di daerah Palu selama hampir dua minggu sebelum akhirnya di bawa ke puskemas di Toli-toli.

Nanang tidak lagi melakukan pemeriksaan rutin di rumah sakit dan hanya memeriksakan diri melalui mobile clinic yang datang ke posko-posko pengungsian di Desa Loli Tasiburi. Sekarang Nanang sudah kembali tinggal di rumahnya walaupun keadaan rumah yang retak akibat gempa. Nanang mengaku masih merasa takut untuk tinggal kembali di rumahnya karena takut akan adanya gempa susulan. Namun karena keterbatasan ekonomi, ia tetap harus kembali tinggal di rumahnya. Nanang belum bisa bekerja dan berkegiatan seperti sebelumnya karena luka-luka yang dialaminya, juga karena perahunya yang hancur akibat gempa dan tsunami. Sampai saat ini, Nanang dan para nelayan Loli Tasiburi masih sangat mengharapkan datangnya bantuan dalam bentuk apa pun terutama bantuan medis dan alat kerja karena seluruh aktivitas nelayan lokal lumpuh.


Nanang (40) is a survivor of the earthquake and tsunami that happened in Central Sulawesi on 28 September 2018. He is a resident of Loli Tasiburi village, Banawa sub-district, Donggala regency. A father of four was driving a car filled by cement from Tonasa towards Loli Tasiburi area when the earthquake and tsunami happened. When he saw the sea water rising up to about 8 meters, Nanang jumped out of the car and tried to run. Nanang then was found under a pile of wood and a car after being dragged by the tsunami of about 300 meters. When being dragged by the water, Nanang tried to survive by trying to hold his breath as long as possible until the water receded.

When IBU team came, he still had difficulty walking and still used a crutch. Nanang experienced many serious injuries all over his body which makes it difficult for him to walk and move. The man who works as a fisherman was hospitalized for almost two weeks before being taken to the local health clinic in Toli-toli area.

Nanang is no longer doing routine checks at the hospital and only utilizing the mobile clinic services that come to the IDP camps at Loli Tasiburi village. Nanang is now back in his house even though the house is fractured due to the earthquake. Nanang claimed that he is still afraid to stay in his house because of the aftershocks. However, the economic limitations forced him to live there. Nanang has not been able to work and do his daily activities because of the injuries he suffered, and also because his fishing boat was destroyed during the earthquake and tsunami. Until now, Nanang and other local fishermen are still hoping for any kind of help, especially medical assistance and work tools for the fishermen because all fishing activities are completely stopped.