Pieces from Jakarta Riot – May 1998

It’s been more than 10 years ago, when Indonesia was shaken by brutality done by those irresponsible people. It has been reported that many people died. Many Indonesian born Chinese women were raped and still no one can find out who’s behind that tragedy. I believe many of us had received emails or photos and heard on the news about how those people did their brutality actions.

Besides the fact that government did not do anything serious to uncover the actor behind that riot, we do not know much of what was really happening. But I watch a local TV station, Trans TV last Saturday evening (Jan 3, 2009). They have a weekly reality show called Termehek-Mehek (slank word for sobbing). This reality show helps their clients to find missing persons. It could be their family, girlfriend or boyfriend, husband or wife, or a friend. Last episode was about a girl (named Ida) who was looking for her lost friend, named Olivia. She had been missing since the Jakarta Riot on May 1998. Ida had been trying to find Olivia for these past 10 years, but she got none. At first, they got the wrong lead and they thought Olivia was dead during the riot. Ida cried hard and fainted when she heard this news. But then, they found out that the information was wrong. Olivia was still alive … and still missing.

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After a long searching, they got an address which lead into everything they need to know. That address was a house of Olivia’s grandmother. She told everything that had happened after the riot. Olivia’s father passed away because he could not handle the situation. His house was burned down. He lost his business because of the mass robbery during the riot. The saddest part is Olivia was shaken so hard. She was not able to bear all those pressures, she was depressed. At last, she was sent into Mental Hospital. Up until today, Olivia is still there. Spending her time with her own imagination…

There was one thing that I really hope while I was watching the show: that the robbers and others who were enjoying much during the riot to think back of what they have done. They maybe were happy because they could stole things away and burned down someone else’s house, but think of the present effects. One father passed away and his daughter is hospitalized because of her mental condition… and that is only ONE story out of those hundreds or even thousands other stories.

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For those who had been involved in Riot May 1998:

Imagine if you are having a daughter who has to be treated as a lunatic just because someone else hurt her. Will you get mad and take revenge? The answer is in your hands.

Let us pray for all the victims, their families and loved ones. May God bless them all abundantly and heal their broken heart, for good people are loved by Him. And for all the actors behind that riot, may God forgive you and give you one last chance to repent yourself.

A Season of Terror (2) : Albino Killing

The news of Albino killing in Tanzania, Africa a few days back had bothered me so bad. For me, such action is not rational and based on wrong belief. Well, like any other kinds of terror, everything is based on wrong belief. In this case, many people believed that Albinos have magical power to make people rich. This reason was the cause of albinos killing. The number was high, for 26 Tanzanian albinos were killed in less than a year.

Albino boy in Africa

Albino boy in Africa

To make the story worse, the killed albinos were mutilated and their body parts were sold into whoever want to buy. Because, as the witch doctor said, albinos have their magical power. The missing point in this case is misunderstanding hold by those people who don’t know anything about albino. They do not know that albino is impairment in skin pigmentation. They usually have sight problems and will die because of skin cancer before they get into 30 years of age.

The government and police officers are doing their best to protect the remained albinos. They send albinos children to school and even have a woman stand in parliament. Still, this tragedy needs a lot more attention from many sides. The last update is the killing of albinos is still going on and started to expand to other African countries.

We really are in a season of terror. We should move and speak up to help a bit in this situation. It can be an educational program for common people about albinos: who they are, what is albino and how to live with them. Common people may lack of educational background, therefore they are easily triggered by whatever the witch doctor says to them.

What can we do for them?

A Season of Terror (1) : Bombers Attack

It’s been a while since the incident of September 11 2001 in the USA, when the terrorists attacked World Trade Center and caused 2,974 people lost their lives. The 19 al-Qaeda terrorists were hijacking 4 commercial airplanes and crashed them into 3 different places. Two of the planes hit WTC, one hit Pentagon and the last one to Shanksville, a rural in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The world was shaken by this attack, for humanity reasons and also for the cruelty of those heartless  hijackers. They did not think about the effects of their actions.

The 9/11 attack

The 9/11 attack

The next attack was also a world-shocking news, first Bali Bombing on October 12, 2002. Those two bombs killed 202 people and hurt 209 others. That attack was the deadliest terrorist action in the history of Indonesia. This time the bombers were Indonesian and members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a violent Islamics group. Last November 9, 2008, the three actors (Amrozi, Imam Samudra, and Mukhlas Gufron) behind the bombing were executed at Nusakambangan prison.

The second Bali bombing happened on October 1, 2005. This time the bombs were exploded in Jimbaran food court and Kuta Town Square. One video captured the last moment when one bomber was walking into one restaurant at Kuta Town Square, and then suddenly the bomb exploded. Once again, the cruelty of humanity had show off its teeth.

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The latest news was the terrorist attack in Mumbai, India on 26 November 2008. The terrorists attacked a few places, such as: two five-stars hotels, hospital, movie theater, train station and a Jewish center. It had been reported at least 174 people were killed during the attack. The terrorists revealed the weakness of India’s security apparatus and even laugh at the dead police who wore bulletproof vests. No matter what was the reason behind the attack, such action is condemned, because the attackers chose the rude and cruel way to send their message and getting what they want.

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Humanity is at stake of facing the end of morality values. It is a truth that humankind has to face. We are working hard to educate the young children about good morality and kindness. But in the other side of this world, people are so full with hatred. They want to be heard. So, they send their message, in the name of religion, by hurting and killing others. They chose the hard way to express their thoughts. It is hard, and the result of their action is also hard to understand.

It is a season of terror. Can we stop it?

We can … if we want to. Listen to your heart. The pure one, not the re-make one. The pure heart will listen to others. But the re-make heart will fight for their own sake. Which one is yours?