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John H.G. Soe: Nobody's child, everybody's man

  • Matheos Viktor Messakh

    The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Wed, March 25 2009   /  02:07 pm
(JP/Matheos V. Messakh)(JP/Matheos V. Messakh)

(JP/Matheos V. Messakh) Some blame their parents for their misfortunes, others blame God. But John H.G. Soe has never blamed anyone for mistreating him, or for the polio that shaped his life. It was because of this polio that his parents abandoned him at a hospital in Medan when he was four months old. The nurses took care of him for a few years, before sending him to a Catholic orphanage in the same city.
But when he was in the third grade, renovations to the dormitory meant families had to take the children home. No one came for John, who was then called “Kong”; he was nobody’s child.
“Not only that day, but every school holiday, other children were picked up by their family, but nobody ever asked me even to go outside the orphanage’s dormitory …,” John told The Jakarta Post.
A nun found his parents, but his mother rejected h...