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Published: November 8th 2011
Yes, this is my second coming to the beautiful coastal city in Central Tapanuli, North Sumatra. If two years ago I record a potential tourist attractions in that city. From 7 to October 14, 2011 ago, I came up with the film crews, to recording a dentist from Jakarta to help provide treatment that is very rarely accepted by people in Jago-Jago village.
Once again, a very long road we traveled to breath in and of course a fully belly. 12 hours through the beautiful Lake Toba, enter Siantar City and see BSA 400cc motorcycles modifications into rickshaws. (I cry to see the fate of these motors). Looking at the Balige market with its exotic roof, stopped at the famous Tarutung's Bonapasogi homemade guitar and finally arrived at midnight in Sibolga. Phew.
Jago Jago Village is a village that is divided in two by the estuary called "Lumut" that stretches to the ocean. According to pak Tanjung, the Jago-Jago Village chief. The Origin of Jago-Jago came from the history of the peninsula itself. Long times ago, the peninsula was uninhabited. By a Chinese merchant, he built a warehouse to store merchandise and logistics for the transit of
A senior high school's student trap in raining while she want to go to school.
Malacca to Java. The watchman (martial arts expert) hired to guard the warehouse. The term "Jaga-Jaga" (Watch-night duty) is often spoken of citizens to the coast guard is to turn it into a tongue Jago-Jago until now.
Jago Jago on the peninsula itself is divided to five sub villages. With the designation corridor according to the local language, the closest sub village to the mainland and connected by a stretch of a suspension bridge, called "Lorong 1". 2 kilometers to the west, there are sub village called Lorong 2 or Sigubo. And using "Kutuk-Kutuk" or small boats with outboard engines we can go to sub village called Lorong 4 or Bongal as far as 1 hour drive. Lorong 3 and 5 sub villages located in the hills and difficult to reach.
The majority of citizens in this sub village are moslem with a mix of coastal Batak and Bugis tribe. Since living in coastal areas. Generally young men here to work as a fisherman.Middle-aged woman and older people looking for extra income by peeling the bark of palm tree that is widely available on the outskirts of the estuary Lumut to be a
cigarette bud. Not bad, a bunch of fifty bales valued Rp. 400.000, -. And smoking has been circulated in nearly all the major cities and towns in North Sumatra.
Lorong 1 is the most advanced and fortunate in development. Closest to the mainland and connected by a suspension bridge that was built three years ago made the lifestyle of a villager is rising. According to the only primary school teacher in the Jago-Jago Village, the little children here amazement as the "kereta" (motorcycle) first entered the Lorong 1. Understandably, before the suspension bridge is the only means of transportation they are a small boat. Now, the strands of wires in an electric pole line extending from the eastern end to western end of a sub village.
Not only electricity that has been entered, the main road was already in the concrete so neatly motorcycles and motor cart can carry all sorts of passing the basic needs of local communities. But such coastal fishing villages throughout Indonesia, the awareness of environmental hygiene is still lacking and should continue to be fostered and guided.
Lorong 2 (Sigubo)
Unlike the Lorong 1, the whole population in Lorong
2 or sub village often called Sigubo are migrants from the Nias island. They have long occupied this village but just got the expansion. Condition? Very much different from the Lorong 1. In Sigubo, there is no electricity. The stage houses standing right above the swamp into the exotic sights for tourists but a dilemma for the residents. Why? Swamp is a place beloved by malaria mosquito and the owners of the houses on them an easy target these pesky insects.
According Harefah, Sigubo sub village's chief. When PNPM Mandiri (government program) has not built the main road, this village is completely submerged in the swamp. I believe it. Just imagine, the main street just as high as five meters from the water surface. And the boat can float without touching the surface of the swamp. What happens if the main road is not built? Unfortunately the main street is lined concrete yet, so when heavy rain falls the main street of Sigubo changed into small pools.
Although live in the coastal area, the majority of residents living here are gardening and a rubber tree tappers. Said Mr. Harefah, Nias tribe is the tribe of farmers, not gifted
Junior high school's students walking home to Lorong 2.
to be a sailor. And it proved in Sigubo. Although there is a boat, it was used as the only means of transportation to the mainland when the main road not yet built.
Lorong 4 (Bongal)
Lorong 4 or often called Bongal is the most difficult access to visited. According pak Maradumai Lorong 1 chief. Road's access to Bongal already made. But still a footpath and should be reached by walking about six kilometers. Other access is through the estuary Lumut using Kutuk-Kutuk (small wooden boat). Although more distant, but the distance is faster only an hour away and we certainly do not sweat when get there.
Just as the villagers Sigubo. Bongal villagers are also immigrants from Nias Island and livelihood as farmers or rubber tree tappers. Pak October Ndaha, Bongal's chief tell us that there are only 179 heads of households who occupy an area of six square kilometers and one important thing, there are no toilets here. For the needs of urinating and defecating, all the residents here do so in a small river which is located behind the Ndaha's house.
There is not health center in here. Part time midwives who
This is the main road in Lorong 2 after rain.
served here also took the fight every week. With a salary of 1,4 million rupiah, she must pay fifty thousand rupiah to boat trip with the risks that lurk at any time through the estuary Lumut. When I arrived, I could not stop imagining what it would be if there are seriously ill in the middle of the night. It must be very busy to take her/him to the nearest hospital on the mainland through the estuary.
Our arrival to treat and provide dental health education is received with enthusiasm in the three Jago-Jago sub Villages. Although we comes only for once time, hopefully when the film is broadcast the local government and local health department can open they're eyes wider to improve Jago-Jago villagers health. Because as the part of Indonesian citizens, they have the same rights as citizens of Indonesia in all other parts of the country.
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