March 13, 2001 |
For seven months, Benhard Leinussa lived the life of a Muslim slave. Forced to convert to Islam and undergo circumcision after his village was destroyed, the 17-year-old said his Muslim captors gave him a new Islamic name, Suadin, and put him to work. His job: building a house for the chief of a Muslim village.
February 23, 2001 |
President Abdurrahman Wahid dismissed fears of an explosion of unrest as he flew out of Indonesia, but bloodshed escalated into beheadings even before he boarded his plane. More than 142 people have been slaughtered in a revival this week of ethnic violence in remote Central Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo, officials and media said.
January 28, 2001 |
Indonesia has started taking measures to improve security in West Timor province's squalid refugee camps and appears willing to discuss ways to clear them out entirely, senior U.N. and East Timorese officials said.
December 25, 2000 |
Bombs exploded outside churches in Jakarta and five other Indonesian cities and towns on Christmas Eve, killing at least 14 people, injuring dozens and worsening the already difficult relations between Muslims and Christians throughout the fractured archipelago. The blasts--including one outside Jakarta's main Roman Catholic church, near the presidential palace and the main mosque--occurred as prayer services were about to get underway Sunday night.
December 21, 2000 |
A day after a visit by Indonesia's president aimed at easing tensions between rebels and the military, nine people were killed Wednesday in a rash of shootings in troubled Aceh province. A separatist leader warned of civil war if a fragile six-month cease-fire that expires next month is not renewed. "There will be war. It will get much worse," separatist Zaini Abdullah said by telephone from Stockholm, where he and other rebel leaders are living in exile.
December 20, 2000 |
Desperate to keep his crisis-ridden nation together, Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid pleaded with separatists to revive talks to end a 25-year rebellion that has killed thousands in Aceh province. Wearing a bulletproof vest and under heavy guard, Wahid stayed in Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, for only three hours. Rebel leaders refused to meet him and accused the military of human rights abuses. Indonesia's defense minister indicated today that a cease-fire that expires Jan.
December 13, 2000 |
Nazaruddin Abdul Gani, a humanitarian aid worker, knew he was about to die. He watched a killing squad take two of his co-workers to an abandoned house, force them to the ground and shoot them. Moments later, as he and a third colleague were marched at gunpoint to the same building in only their underwear, Nazaruddin took off running into a field of tall grass. The killers gunned down his companion and emptied their automatic rifles in his direction. Somehow he reached safety in the jungle.
December 10, 2000 |
Government officials and security chiefs have rejected Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid's request to release five separatist leaders, news reports said Saturday. The refusal is a blow for Wahid, who has faced increasing criticism from human rights groups and foreign governments over a crackdown on separatists in Indonesia's restive provinces.
December 3, 2000 |
Tensions between Indonesian forces and separatists pushing for Irian Jaya's independence exploded into violence Saturday when police fired on a group wielding bows and arrows during a clash. Eight people were killed. Gen. Sylvanus Wenas, a top police commander in the troubled province, said the two sides clashed after the separatists tried to raise an outlawed rebel flag in the southeastern town of Merauke.
November 30, 2000 |
Indonesia has detained two independence leaders in Irian Jaya and threatened to haul in others, raising fears of new separatist violence in the eastern province. Bruised by the loss of East Timor last year and facing separatists in Aceh province, Indonesia struck quickly this week. As about 100 anti-riot officers stood guard, police questioned Theys Eluay, head of the Papuan Presidium Council, the region's main independence group.