The Haze: How to live with smoke first-hand every year?

The Haze: How to live with smoke first-hand every year?

INDONESIA - What is it like to live with smoke first-hand every year?

On Saturday, The New Paper spent 12 hours looking for hot spots and trying to find out the identity of the farmers who practise the slash-and-burn method to clear their plantations.

But these questions went unanswered as many of the villagers we spoke to claimed they did not know who the farmers or the plantation owners were.

These plantations are also massive - it takes about two hours to get from one end to the other.

Housewife Lina Nomi, 34, who lives at Bukit Banterem in Dumai - about 177km north of Pekanbaru - said that she is used to living with the thick blanket of smoke that surrounds her village every year.

"It's been a month of haze and it angers me that the government has not done much to ease the situation," she said in Bahasa Indonesia.

"Our eyes hurt but we are poor people and we don't even have enough money for food sometimes, let alone spend money on masks and medicine."

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