After the earthquake that occured in Indonesia, local cosplayers enthusiastically volunteered their support. Cosplayers wore various outfits, including Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, and original heroes.
The earthquake was devestating for the country, with over 430 people killed and 350,000 who were forced to evacuate.
Eleven cosplayers appeared at a refugee camp, where there was a high amount of damage in the region. The masked heroes distributed candy to children, sung nursery rhymes, and brought smiles to everyone’s faces.
One of the cosplayers was Muhanmado Nopi Pendi, a 31-year-old middle school teacher. The roof of his home collapsed, killing six relatives. He stated “I don’t have money, but I have my costumes.” He brought sweets and drinks with donations he collected on the street.
Pendi said “Adults can understand tragedies with their minds, but it’s harder for children. I want to heal their trauma with the power of cosplay.”
Those who were unable to travel to the site are gathering donations and blankets while they cosplay in the night markets.
Article Sources: Asahi