National Disaster spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho has been working day and night since an earthquake and tsunami devastated the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
But behind the scenes, the father of two has been facing a life-threatening battle of his own: stage four lung cancer.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho was diagnosed with stage four cancer in January
The cancer has spread to the bones in his back
But he still holds daily press briefings on Sulawesi relief efforts
Despite dealing with exhaustion and a vigorous treatment regime, the 49-year-old has remained in charge and continued to cater for thousands of journalists every day as the death toll passes 1,400.
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From ABC (Australia): Indonesia's disaster relief spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho juggles aid work with cancer
At least 1,649 people have been confirmed killed by the twin natural disasters on Sept. 28. Many more are believed to have died, been buried under soil, swept away by waves or trapped in a tangle of crushed buildings that will take months, if not years, to clear.
From NPR: Survivors Recall Deadly Earthquake And Tsunami In Indonesia
For thousands of Indonesians traumatized by the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Sulawesi island city of Palu, there are signs of recovery. International aid has begun arriving, power has been restored, and banks are re-opening. Long lines at gas stations have thinned.
But more than a week after the Sept. 28 dual disasters, the death toll continues to steadily rise. Indonesia's disaster management officials put the number of dead at 1,763, and their excavation has been slow, especially in areas where the quake buried whole blocks of houses.
From NPR: Parents Search For Lost Children After Indonesia's Disaster
Tents cover the lawn of a cracked government building in Palu. Coloring books are spread out across a tarp on the lawn. Children play tag in the driveway and wag their arms and hips in the popular "floss" dance, under the shade of palm trees.
This is where they bring children who were separated from their families after the earthquake and tsunami hit central Indonesia last month – as well as kids who were reunited but need trauma counseling.
"I'm scanning all the little faces," says Evi Kaharuddin, who's trying to find her 9-year-old grandson, Raldi. He disappeared when the family fled from their house after the earthquake hit.
Kaharuddin, 54, describes her grandson as a smart and chatty boy. He just got a new bike. She scrolls through cellphone snapshots of Raldi, a boy with bright eyes.