May 19, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

New Order

He wept for Indonesia

Pramoedya the writer was also an historian who loved his country.

The sixth religion

Chinese Confucianism is recognised again as an official religion.

Jungle to church

Missionaries and the military co-operate in converting the Asmat to Christianity.

Suharto (8 June 1921- 27 January 2008)

A career soldier who commanded a country.

Water, land, and Suharto

Review: Both books illustrate the way the Suharto family exploited Indonesia

Box - The Togian Islands

KATE NAPTHALI falls in love with the Togians, and discovers that health and education are major needs

West Kalimantan at a glance

West Kalimantan at a glance

The election: what is at stake?

The election: what is at stake?

Despised delight

The Suharto Government's political prisoners have only very rarely been allowed to speak. Here, for the first time, we have an autobiographical story written by a woman, the wife of an ex-tapol, the mother of his child.

Christmas in a prison camp

The following excerpts are taken from a diary of letters kept by an Australian woman who lived in Java, Kalimantan and Bali for nine years. In this letter, written in January 1978, the author describes her visit to a detention camp for women political prisoners Just after Christmas 1977. The prisoners have since been released. The letter begins with a description of the long drive from Semarang west to Pelantungan where the camp was located up in the mountains. The visit was arranged by a Dutch pastor, 'Co'. Fenton-Huie was accompanied by the pastor's wife, Phia, and a Dutch nursing sister, Truus. After abandoning their car which could not travel the last stretch of the rough rocky road, the women had to walk the final kilometres to the camp, which also held 40 delinquent boys. The visitors shared a simple Indonesian meal in the house of one of the guards before entering 'a large barracks-type hall' to witness the camp's Christmas concert.

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