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After bombing: Survivors make peace with past, convicted terrorists

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 17 2019   /  01:26 am

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, South 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,” Josuwa said on Sunday in a discussion held for the 15th commemoration of the horrific attack.“I remember, I screamed so loudly when I passed the embassy building because I was traumatized,” the 35-year-o...