Indonesia's Poverty Trap

The tragic loss of 21 Indonesians who were trampled to death as they jostled outside a house in East Java to receive a cash handout of just 30,000 rupiah (US$3.20) has shocked the nation and exposed the plight of its poorest citizens. Politicians were quick to dismiss any link between the country’s chronic poverty problem and last week’s tragedy, citing a drop in the official poverty rate last year to 16.6 per cent from 17.8 per cent the previous year.

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