BBC Equator 2of3 Asia
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# Simon Reeve's journey along the equator across Asia begins off the coast of Sumatra, in the far
...# Simon Reeve's journey along the equator across Asia begins off the coast of Sumatra, in the far west of Indonesia.
A collection of perhaps 18,000 islands here are home to more than 220 million people.
At night the islanders sing of lost loves and the lure of working on the mainland.
# A boat trip along the equator takes Simon to mainland Sumatra, where he hears fears about bird-flu and meets the Minang people, where men live as guests in their wives' family homes, and it is the women who propose marriage.
# In Kalimantan, the Indonesian region of the island of Borneo, conservationists warn that hundreds of orangutans in Borneo are killed each year as a result of habitat destruction. The main problems are illegal logging and huge palm oil plantations, a product found in thousands of Western consumer products.
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