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Wahyu Nusantara Aji: The forgotten 200 millionth citizen

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 3 2008   /  10:48 am

WAHYU NUSANTARA AJI: (JP/Panca Nugraha) Wahyu Nusantara Aji has a special place in Indonesian history -- he is the country's 200 millionth citizen. The 11-year-old was given a special birth certificate and named a "son of the state" when he was born on Feb. 4, 1997. When The Jakarta Post visited Aji at his home in Sepapan hamlet, Jerowaru village, Jerowaru district, some 30 kilometers from Selong, the capital of East Lombok, the sixth grader had just returned from school. He sat with his father Ahmad Riyadi, 38, his mother Rohana, 35 and youngest brother, 8-year-old Andika Arya Wibawa. Four photo frames of particular significance were displayed in the family's modest living room. Three of the frames contained pictures of the family being received by (the late) former president Suharto at his Cendana residence in Jakarta. The other was Aji's f...