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Jakarta Post

Forgotten mud victims vow to realize dream

  • Evi Mariani and Dwi Atmanta

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 29 2008   /  10:33 am

Mud victims (from left) Ptanto, Paring Waluyo and Lilik Kamina. (JP/J.P. Leo) Of the nearly 12,000 families affected by the mudflow in the East Java town of Sidoarjo, some 600 have chosen a harder course for the sake of justice and solidarity. Their homes, rice fields and other belongings disappeared when the mud from a drilling operation of PT Lapindo Brantas buried their Renokenongo village and neighboring villages on May 29, 2006. The families have since lived in a place designated for Porong market. They stay in small kiosks of the market, living with few amenities as they continue to reject the government's compensation scheme. Community leader Pitanto says a dream of starting a new life on a 12-hectare plot of land near Porong, valued at Rp 250 billion (US$27 million), binds the big family. "The government's scheme provides compensation mone...