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Jakarta Post

3 years on, GKI Yasmin church remains victim of absence of the state

  • Ida Indawati Khouw

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, December 24 2011   /  10:27 am

The continuing saga of the Gereja Kristen Indonesia (GKI) Taman Yasmin church in Bogor, West Java, is a stark example of the government’s inability to protect minority groups despite legal decisions upholding their right to build a place of worship. The Jakarta Post’s Ida Indawati Khouw explores the issue:

Every weekend Nora Bimoro sends text messages to her fellow parishioners at the GKI Taman Yasmin congregation.

The half-finished church — located on Jl. H. Abdullah bin Nuh of the Taman Yasmin housing complex — was sealed off by the Bogor administration in 2010, reportedly due to public pressure.

Since then, about 70 faithful churchgoers await Nora’s text messages to learn where the congregation will hold services on any given Sunday.

“I even made room for the congregation in the kitchen when [Mass] was in my house,” Nora said.