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Jakarta Post

The Last Man in Waluya Sejati Abadi

  • Raka Ibrahim


Jakarta   /   Fri, March 5 2021   /  01:00 am
Despite his advanced age, Lukas remains sharp and defiant as ever, (JP/Eandaru Kusumaatmadja)

Part 1. Regaining life Lukas Tumiso refuses to mourn the things he’s lost. He has left remnants of better days around him, pictures and books from a faraway time, reminders of his desire to carry on. They sustain him in this difficult time. “There were 27 of us here, and another 54 on the waiting list,” the 81-year old said. “But one by one they passed away, and now I’m the only one left.” Panti Waluya Sejati Abadi, the nursing home where he lives, has been deserted for over a year. All its residents have either died or moved away during the pandemic, leaving Lukas alone. No nurse checks on him, no staff ensures his safety. But the paint is new, the roof recently fixed and the smell of freshly cooked lunch lingers in the kitchen. Neighbors drop by almost every hour, exchanging pleasantries and food. There is life in this building. Initiated in...