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Jakarta Post

City’s strength lies in community

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, May 16 2019   /  01:11 am

Monday was the first anniversary of the Surabaya bombings. The perpetrators had engaged their wives and children in the shocking terror attacks that killed 25 and injured many others on May 13, 2018.Yet Monday’s commemoration was not only about the grief of the survivors and victims’ families — it served as a reminder that Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, is one diverse community that cannot be changed by terrorists. The Saint Mary Immaculate (SMTB) Catholic Church held a breaking-of-the-fast event with neighboring Muslims at the church. It stands near the other churches targeted in last year’s attacks, the Surabaya Pantecostal Church (GPPS) and the Diponegoro Indonesian Protestant Church (GKI). Addressing the audience at SMTB Catholic Church, priest Agustinus Wibowo said, “We’d like to thank everyone who came today, for your presence reminds us that we have lots ...