Clowns brought a few moments of cheer to displaced children in Indonesia on Thursday, putting on a special show after a volcanic eruption killed 43 people and forced thousands to flee villages that were later blanketed in ash.
Evacuees clapped and laughed as red-nosed clowns dressed in neon wigs and multi-colored costumes volunteered for a show of games and magic tricks in a tent in an evacuation camp in Lumajang on Indonesia’s Java island.
The 3,676-metre (12,060 ft) Mount Semeru erupted on Saturday, sending a cloud of ash into the sky and dangerous flows of heated gas and volcanic matter into villages below.
“Our hope is that it can bring back children’ happiness… there are many kids traumatized because of this eruption, and we hope that our presence here can give support to the kids,” 53-year-old Dedy Delon, founder of the clown group, said.
Dedy and other members usually perform…