Anne Barker,

Anne Barker

Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Recent articles by Anne:

Coronavirus is running rampant on Java, but 2.4km across the sea, Bali is faring much better

Bali had five direct flights a week to Wuhan until February, yet the holiday island has so far managed to avoid a coronavirus disaster. But it's a different story in other parts of the country and some theories have begun to emerge about why that might be. → Read More

Mothers play an increasingly large and shocking role in South-East Asian child sexual abuse

When Australian police raided the home of a Queensland paedophile, they made a shocking discovery — the offender was being sold online access to children by their mother. → Read More

Family sues cruise company arguing 'they didn't pay enough attention' to 27yo son who died from COVID-19

When Pujiyoko left his parents in central Java to work as a crew member on Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas, he was fit, healthy and excited. But he never came home. → Read More

Indonesia's health system is vulnerable to COVID-19. Why was it late to adopt social distancing?

Only in the past week has the Government granted powers to provincial leaders to impose their own restrictions on social movement. Here's why some health experts say they are too little, too late. → Read More

'An agonising decision': Coronavirus forces ABC Indonesia correspondent to return home

As the coronavirus threat escalated in Indonesia, airlines pulled out and borders closed, ABC correspondent Anne Barker made the difficult decision to pull out and return home temporarily. → Read More

Coronavirus COVID-19 cases spiked across Asia after a mass gathering in Malaysia. This is how it caught the countries by surprise

Last month as the world reeled in shock at the sudden explosion of coronavirus within a secretive Christian sect in South Korea, another massive religious event was underway in Malaysia. It has since led to hundreds of cases across South-East Asia. → Read More

Indonesia coronavirus death confirmed as British tourist, local authorities under pressure

Indonesia has its first coronavirus death — a British tourist visiting Bali — but her demise has led to authorities arguing over whether her positive test was properly communicated to doctors. → Read More

Indonesia's child rights commissioner apologises for saying women can get pregnant by sharing pool with men

A child rights commissioner in Indonesia is resisting calls for her sacking, after telling women and girls they risk becoming pregnant if they swim in the same pool as men. → Read More

China offers its citizens a free flight back to coronavirus epicentre from Bali

As Australia and other countries evacuate their residents from the epicentre of the coronavirus, China is offering hundreds of its own citizens a free flight from Bali back to Wuhan. → Read More

Singapore invokes 'fake news' law after executioner claims 'brutal' hanging tactics used in botched executions

The Singaporean Government is describing claims that executioners at Changi Prison are secretly taught to kick the necks of prisoners on the gallows as preposterous. → Read More

Floods in Indonesia's capital kill 9 people and force thousands to evacuate

At least nine people have been killed and almost 20,000 people evacuated as flash flooding submerges parts of the Indonesia's capital and nearby towns. → Read More

Sumatran orangutan Bon Bon leaves Bali bound for home after rehabilitation from smuggling attempt

An orangutan was left so traumatised after being snatched and stuffed in a suitcase in an attempted smuggling that he lashed out at any man who came near. But patience, care and a familiar-looking doll has him on the road to recovery. → Read More

Indonesian cleric who helped draft caning law, Mukhlis bin-Muhammad, flogged for adultery

Mukhlis bin-Muhammad, a member of the Muslim organisation that helped the Aceh government draft its religious laws, is caned 28 times in public for having sexual relations with a married woman. → Read More

Australian Michael McLaren arrested over killing of Hobart businessman Anthony Wilson and Flilipina business partner in Philippines

Police believe a property dispute may be behind the shooting death of a 61-year-old Hobart businessman and his 41-year-old Filipina business partner in a city north-west of Manila. → Read More

Timorese boy named in honour of Sir Peter Cosgrove after 1999 peacekeeping mission

Twenty years after Sir Peter Cosgrove led an international peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste, he remains a national hero and a Timorese boy has been named in his honour. → Read More

War veterans heal through community work and rehabilitation in East Timor

Two decades after the Australian-led peacekeeping force served in East Timor, veterans still carry the mental scars. A unique tour called Timor Awakening attempts to help them reckon with their trauma. → Read More

Video of Xanana Gusmao embracing BJ Habibie in hospital bed shared after former Indonesian leader's death

Video of East Timor's former President Xanana Gusmao embracing BJ Habibie in his hospital bed is being shared on social media after the transformative politician's death. → Read More

Timor-Leste independence vote anniversary celebrated by young and old alike

Many among the thousands celebrating the 1999 independence vote are too young to remember life under Indonesian occupation, but the violence has had a devastating impact on families. → Read More

Declassified intelligence documents shed light on 1999 Timor Leste independence

Newly published intelligence documents back claims it was the US and not Australia that ultimately forced Indonesia to accept peacekeepers and uphold the Timor Leste independence referendum. → Read More

Australian man arrested in Bali after boat rescue used drugs for back injury, lawyer says

Tony Haritos, 63, from a prominent Darwin family, is in hospital in Bali facing drugs charges after police allegedly found methamphetamines in his broken-down boat. → Read More