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Disabled celebrate Independence Day

  • Wasti Atmodjo & Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 21 2008   /  10:24 am

Wiratni, a patient at the hospital for mentally disabled people in Bangli, Bali, sobbed as she accepted toiletries from a visiting member of the Bali Bloggers Community (BBC) on Indonesia's Independence day last Friday. "Thank you so much. Don't forget us. Drop by often. I'm so happy you came," she said with tears running down her cheeks. Wiratni was one of the few participating patients in an event held by the BBC to celebrate Indonesia's 63rd anniversary. The celebration in the hospital was vastly different from the rambunctious celebrations happening elsewhere. Like Wiratni, many patients of the hospital felt abandoned. Made Lamben, who was allowed to return home a few days prior, was still waiting for someone to come and collect him. "I've been here for four months. Everyone here is very nice. They said I was allowed to go home but no one ...