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Six Months After Terror Attacks, Bali Still Trying to Regain its Footing

Six months after terrorist bombs devastated two nightclubs and killed more than 200 people, the tourist island of Bali is still trying to get back on its feet. Nearly a third of people have lost their jobs. Resort restaurants remain eerily empty. Many hotels have so few guests that owners are using the lull for maintenance and renovation. “I’m lucky if I have one fare in several days,” said taxi driver Agung Nyoman. “Before I could find as much work as I wanted. Like this, I can barely feed my wife and children.” Things are slowly getting better — the economy is growing again, manufacturing and exports were largely unaffected, and the peak tourist season is still ahead. But the last few months have been tough both emotionally and financially. The Oct. 12 bombings were the world’s deadliest terrorist strike since Sept. 11, 2001. Most of the victims were foreign tourists, mainly from Australia. Full Story

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