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Jakarta Post

After the bomb: Survivors make peace with past, convicted terrorists

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 16, 2019   /  01:48 pm
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A Komunitas Sahabat Thamrin (Friend of Thamrin Community) member gives bread to a person at a weekly Car Free Day on Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta, a day before the capital commemorated the Thamrin bombing that took place Jan. 14, 2016.(The Jakarta Post/Iqbal Yuwansyah)

Josuwa Ramos was in the middle of his afternoon shift when a truckload of explosives blew up in front of his workplace, the Australian Embassy on Jl. HR Rasuna Said in Kuningan, Central Jakarta, on Sept. 9, 2004. Josuwa, who worked as a security guard, his first ever job, at the building’s entrance, was standing only around 6 meters from the explosion. He recalled that everything happened in the blink of an eye. In seconds, he realized that a metal plate had speared his left calf and another hard object had lodged in his knee on the same leg. “Only three days after the incident, I had to pass that road again in an ambulance to reach a hospital in Kuningan where I underwent surgery,” he said on Sunday in a discussion held for 15th year commemoration of the horrific attack. “I remember, I screamed so loudly when I passed the embassy buildi...