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Sapian T.A: Healing wounds of Acehnese women

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 24 2009   /  10:44 am

JP/Dian Kuswandini“Please forgive me... I can’t take this anymore… I can’t talk now,” said the skinny woman with an anguished look in her face, before bursting into tears.Rasyidah rested her head on her counselor’s shoulder, crying. The counselor, Sapiah T. A., gave her a warm hug and held her tight.Hundreds witnessed that touching moment during the 10th anniversary of the National Commission for Women (Komnas Perempuan) last month, as the two shared their stories about how Acehnese women dealt with the trauma experienced during the conflict in their region, which ended four years ago.Rasyidah is one of the victims. She lost members of her family during the conflict and has been deeply traumatized for years — she easily snaps into hysteria and shuts herself off from people. That evening’s event brought to light her lingering agony, as she failed to tell her story, forcing...