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Aron is 7 years old and lives in Indonesia.
I live with my mother and father in the Luwu Utara area. The primary language where I live is Indonesian. My father is sometimes employed as a farmer. At home, the chore I'm responsible for is running errands. I like ball games, group games and toy cars. My favourite activity at church is Sunday school. My favourite activities at the centre are learning about God, listening to Bible stories and playing games. I am in the equivalent of kindergarten. My favourite subjects are Math and Reading.
Indonesia consists of a vast chain of 17,000 islands along the equator between Australia and Asia. Rugged volcanic mountains descend to dense jungles, fertile lowlands and warm tropical beaches along the coasts of this 5,000 km long archipelago. Some of the largest islands are Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Bali and New Guinea.
With the fourth largest population in the world, Indonesia is a diverse nation with over 300 different ethnic groups. More than 700 languages are spoken, but the most common tongue is Bahasa Indonesia. Most (87 per cent) of Indonesians are Muslim; however, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and animism are also followed. More than half of all Indonesians live on the island of java.
When Columbus sailed from Spain in 1492, he was seeking a new route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. The Portuguese arrived in the 16th century but were soon outnumbered by the Dutch, who, beginning in 1602, slowly gained control of the islands. Following the Japanese occupation during World War II, the country proclaimed its independence in 1945. The first president, Sukarno, was ousted by a military coup in 1965. General Suharto held power until he was deposed in 1998 when a collapsing economy fueled riots and demands for reforms.
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