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Jakarta Post

Youth unite to tackle growing intolerance

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 14 2019   /  01:02 am

Facing growing intolerance in Indonesia, young people have started initiatives to promote tolerance. The Jakarta Post, Bandung-based daily Pikiran Rakyat and the Indonesian Network for Investigative Journalism (JARING) look closer at these efforts to create a pluralistic and peaceful society.   Oktavia Rahmawati, a Muslim teen, used to think that all Christians were cruel and arrogant. That was until she got the chance to spend time with them at an interfaith forum in September.The 19-year-old was raised in a Muslim family in the predominantly Muslim society of Bandung, West Java. Oktavia spent most of her childhood attending Islamic boarding schools before enrolling in the State Islamic University (UIN) Sunan Gunung Djati in Bandung.She barely interacted with people of other faiths. Her image of Christians was shaped primarily by soap operas, which often portrayed them as th...