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Old 12-03-2001, 10:42 PM   #21
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Old 12-03-2001, 11:29 PM   #23
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I would hope that something could be organized through the UN to send a peacekeeping force because I have my doubts about the effectiveness and motives of the Indonesian military.
I pray that people come to their senses and an outside force quickly intervenes to prevent more violence.
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Thinking of you and the people of Sulawesi...
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Old 12-04-2001, 01:01 AM   #25
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That's terrible Sula, I'm sorry to hear it.
I hope things will get better there, soon.
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Old 12-04-2001, 02:35 AM   #26
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Originally posted by sulawesigirl4:
When thousands of Christians in Ambon were driven from their homes and slaughtered, the world community hardly batted an eye. When ethnic violence ripped through West Kalimantan (incidentally very near where I attended high school) people were being beheaded and their body parts paraded through the streets and still no one cared.
I'm very sorry to hear about this situation, sula. It reminds me of when I was reading the accounts of the ethnic war in Rwanda in '94, and the West seemed to be completely ignoring it.
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Old 12-04-2001, 03:27 AM   #27
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Sadness in Sulawesi

Violence has torn up the island where I spent my happy childhood. This is not the first time this has occurred, nor will it be the last. But if you would, imagine what you would feel like if you heard the people in your home state or province were being massacred while nothing substantial was being done to stop it. And if you would, please pray for the innocent victims of this senseless violence.

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Fierce clashes between Muslims and Christians continued in the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, giving rise to fears of widespread religious violence in the area.

More than 1,000 people have been killed on the island, about 1,000 miles northeast of Jakarta, in the past two years with ethnic fighting flaring up in the last few weeks.

At least eight people have been killed in the past week but there are concerns the death toll could escalate rapidly if the violence is not contained.

The United Nations warned Monday that heavily armed Muslim fighters were preparing to attack more than 60,000 Christian villagers on the Island.

Both sides are prepared to fight, the United Nations said after sending a team to Sulawesi, and there were about 7,000 Muslim guerillas in the region.

Many villagers were fleeing the town of Tentena or making preparations for the onslaught from Muslim militiamen who are believed to be members of the extremist Laskar Jihad group.

A report from the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said that Laskar Jihad members manned road blocks near the predominantly Christian town of Tentena and were flying flags depicting Osama bin Laden as their leader.

The group has been accused of invoking the latest violence in Sulawesi and some of its commanders are believed to have received training in Afghanistan.

The Indonesian government is preparing to send in thousands of troops in an effort to quell the violence and stabilize the area.

Thousands of Muslims and Christians have fled several towns and sought refuge in police stations, churches and military barracks, local news reports said.

Asmara Nababan, a member of the government's National Human Rights Commission, said the situation in central Sulawesi was quickly deteriorating and that violence was continuing despite patrols by soldiers.

"The situation is critical," Nababan told the Associated Press news agency. "We are afraid that there is going to be a lot of violence."

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Nababan said Tentena was surrounded by Muslim fighters, who were threatening to attack anytime.

Nababan said three human rights investigators were dispatched to the region on Monday to investigate why the "police and military seemed unable to stop the conflict."

On Monday, police shot to death a rioter and wounded five others after a Muslim mob staged an attack on a church in Poso, the Associated Press reported.

Indonesia has been a hot bed for religious and ethnic violence.

Earlier this year in the province of Central Kalimantan, around 500 people were killed and tens of thousands displaced after ethnic clashes between native Dayaks and Madurese.


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My prayers are with them and with you...
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I think this post should be in " free Your Mind " category
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Hush Ivan.
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I think this post should be in " free Your Mind " category
That's uncalled for.

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BTW, my prayers are with you sula.

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So sorry to hear the sad news Sula. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your country.
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This is awful...

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Old 12-04-2001, 09:58 AM   #39
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East Timor finally gets independence, and now another Indonesian minority has to confront hatred.

Excuse my language, but what in the hell do these "Muslim fighters/militiamen" want? Do they want the Christian villagers to convert? Why can't they just coexist and celebrate diversity?

At least the Indonesian government is attempting to stabilize it; I hope it works.

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Bama your full of shit. There is violence on both sides & the Anti-Muslim stance you share with others in this forum makes me wonder if i have to totally re-evaluate my opinion that all U2 fans are intelligent people with an informed & balanced view of the world. Go read some books or something. And no Bama, I'm not Muslim.
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Old 12-04-2001, 10:16 AM   #40
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Peace, jinn77. He asked a valid question. This isn't a so much a situation where peaceful villagers of different faiths suddenly decide they hate each other and start killing. It's been more a case of instigated violence against Christians by Islamic militant groups from the outside seeking to destabilize the country. And of course the people that they attack are going to seek to defend themselves. It hurts everyone involved of both faiths because it promotes division and hate rather than civility and tolerance. In any case, there is no call for personal insults, and I'd appreciate it if we could keep this thread clean of them.

Gina, I'm more than pleased to share pictures of Sulawesi, but unfortunately most of mine are in photo albums and not online. Here are a few that I do have of my home.





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