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Huib Akihary: The Best of Both Worlds

  • Sara Veal

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 23 2009   /  12:10 pm

Huib Akihary: JP/J. AdigunaIn 1983, following a five-day voyage from Jakarta, Huib Akihary stood at the boat's bow at sunrise, watching the two points of the Bay of Ambon grow and gradually encircle him, welcoming him to his father's homeland. When the boat finally arrived in Ambon, the then 29-year-old waited for the other passengers to disembark, as he had told his aunt he would be the last one off the boat. "Then four police officers came to the boat and they were asking for me. I said, *I haven't done anything, just visiting my family'," Akihary says. "*No, no problem,' they said. *Just your aunt has asked us to get you off the boat.' So I was escorted by them and met my aunt for the first time . then she told me that my uncles, cousins and nephews were also there . There were more than 40 people standing there, some of whom had traveled two days to Ambon." This a...