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Jakarta Post

Rawagede survivors have their compensation money cut by half

  • Tifa Asrianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 22 2011   /  08:48 am

Lasmi, 90, one of nine surviving widows of the Rawagede massacre, made a wish that she could buy her own house with money from compensation paid by the Dutch government.

She has been living in a ramshackle hut with her daughter-in-law’s brother for as long as she can remember, and the only thing she could think about when told she would receive compensation was getting a new home.

But now that hope has gone, dashed by local officials and her neighbors joining together to force her to give up half of the money for what they refer to as local community development.

Local residents in Balongsari village, Rawagede, Karawang regency, West Java, aided by local officials, have exerted ongoing pressure to force the relatives of Rawagede massacre victims to give up 50 percent of their compensation.

“I cried when they told me I must give away 50 percent of the money...