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In the shadow of a monster

Friday 7 February 2014 - Behind the image

Villagers flee an eruption from the Mount Sinabung volcano, on the island of Sumatra, February 1, 2014. (AFP Photo / Chaideer Mahyuddin)

Mount Sinabung, a volcano on the western Indonesian island of Sumatra, exploded spectacularly at the start of February, spewing out huge clouds of red-hot ash and rocks and leaving at least 16 people dead.

Jakarta photojournalist Adek Berry headed up to the volcano the day after the eruption...

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Pictures from a protest: caught in the middle

Tuesday 18 September 2012 - Behind the image

An Indonesian protester hurls a molotov coctail towards the US embassy during a protest against a low-budget film insulting to Muslims in Jakarta on September 17, 2012.
AFP Photo/Adek Berry

Pictures from a protest: caught in the middle


"Muslim protests usually go peacefully in Indonesia, which is the biggest Muslim country in the world," writes Jakarta-based AFP photographer Adek Berry, who filed pictures this week of tense clashes on the street of the Indonesian capital. "But when I realised that members of Jamaah Anshorut Tauhid (JAT) – classified as a “terrorist” organization by the US – were among the protesters, I feared something bad could happen. I was right."

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Saving a croc named Hollande

Wednesday 18 July 2012 - Eye witness

Hollande the croc in putrid water

"How do you feel about traveling in a (small) boat with a (half-ton) crocodile?", AFP's Jakarta bureau chief Loic Vennin and video journalist Anne-Fleur Delaistre were asked before they joined a mission to save a toothless croc -- baptized ‘Hollande’ in honor of France’s newly-elected President – from an abandoned Indonesian zoo. (AFP Photo/Romeo Gacad)

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