Nov 23, 2015 - Galuh Wandita and Tegan Molony
Helemaal in de lijn van de onverteerbare gruwelen van de Bersiap waren ook de gruwelen van de jacht op communisten in Indonesië tijdens het bewind van Soeharto.
Daar werden ook vrouwen het slachtoffer van. Dit boek vertelt de verhalen van 140 vrouwen met details over de martelingen en folteringen die ze moesten ondergaan.
Content warning: This article contains some explicit descriptions of torture and violence
Galuh Wandita and Tegan Molony
Christina from Yogyakarta was arrested by military police in 1965 and again in 1968 and held for ten years without charge. During this time they tortured her numerous times. She recalls, ‘I was forced to confess that I participated in underground political activities. In that interrogation I was humiliated. I was stripped naked and my head was forced down, they ordered me to kiss their genitals one by one, all eight men in the room. My spirit was broken and I couldn't walk, but they forced me to. Then they laid me down in the middle of the room and shaved my head. I couldn’t do anything but beg the Lord for strength’.
In 2014 at a high-level summit in London, Indonesia’s former foreign minister, Marty Natalegawa, called for an end to impunity for sexual violence against women and children in war. A year earlier Indonesia was one of 150 nations to sign the 2013 United Nations Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. What has this high-level commitment meant for women survivors of conflict-related violence in Indonesia?