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Jakarta Post

Twelve years on, attack still haunts survivors

  • Nani Afrida

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, May 18 2016   /  08:59 am
Life after tragedy: Iwan Setiawan, a survivor of the 2004 Australian Embassy bombing, at his computer repair shop in Depok, West Java, on Tuesday. Terror victims complain they do not receive adequate assistance from the state despite laws defending their rights to compensation.(JP/Seto Wardhana)(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Life after tragedy: Iwan Setiawan, a survivor of the 2004 Australian Embassy bombing, at his computer repair shop in Depok, West Java, on Tuesday. Terror victims complain they do not receive adequate assistance from the state despite laws defending their rights to compensation.(JP/Seto Wardhana)Iwan Setiawan still vividly remembers the fateful day 12 years ago when a huge blast threw him and his pregnant wife Halila off his motorbike onto the busy street across the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, when on their way to a maternity clinic for a routine checkup.

“I still tremble whenever I pass that street,” says Iwan, 41, at his modest computer repair shop in Depok, West Java. That day, only a single PC and a dusty fan sat on a small table. He and his assistants waited for customers on the floor of their 3-by-5-meter kiosk.

Iwan recalls wiping blood oozing from his right ...