Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina Report no. 105 (11/12/2000) #662 ATTACK ON ARIATE - The christian village of Ariate, West-Ceram, was attacked by muslim
forces, enforced by Jihad troops, on Saturday, December 9, at about 11.00 a.m. There is no
information available yet about any damage or casualties, but for one christian being wounded.
After several hours the assailants were beaten off by local christians together with the security
forces that are stationed there.
(right) Documentation photo of a 17-year old boy
shot dead when defending his village of Hative
Besar from Jihad attackers. 26/09/2000(Masariku
Documentation photo of the Corpses of the Moslem
Attackers died in Suli Village - 10/10/2000 (Masariku Photo)
A womans struggle to free family
from Muslim captors in the
Malukus (11/12/2000) #660
JAKARTA, Dec 7 (AFP) - Matilda Idi,
41, says she had come far away
from Ambon, the capital of
Indonesia's riot-torn Maluku islands,
to the tiny island of Kasui to seek
the release of her husband and five
children, held hostage by Muslim
fighters. Matilda, speaking by phone
to AFP from Ambon Thursday, said
her husband and children were
among hundreds of Christian
residents who had fled their villages
on Kasui to escape a series of
attacks by Muslim fighters late last
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina Report no. 104 (10/12/2000)#659 SMALL-SCALE ATTACKS IN AMBON - Every now and then the
security forces come into action to cope with small-scale attacks
on christian quarters, such as last nigh at
Kapaha/Tantui/Galunggung, at the North-East outskirts of Ambon.
When there are no casualties, such incidents are usually hardly
mentioned or reported upon, but we notice improvement of the
watchfulness and neutrality of the security forces.
(right) Silo Church in Ambon City was burned down on
26th December 1999
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina - Report no. 103 (07/12/2000) #649 ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS (see Report 102 no. 4) - A spokesman of the Information
Department of the Civil Emergency at Ambon, Mr. Marthen Luther Djari, declared to the mass
media that the uncontrolled action of the forty christian youngsters, marching down A.Y.Patty
Street towards the Al-Fatah mosque, centre of muslim activities, in fact was meant to be a
Muslim Slaughtered 93 Christians in Maluku's Watubela Island (06/12/2000) #646
Muslims have slaughtered 93 Christians since last week on a small island of the Maluku chain
for refusing to convert to Islam, a church activist said yesterday quoting a survivor. "The forced
Islamisation of Christians in Kasui Island has been continuing since last week and by Saturday,
a total of 93 people have been killed for refusing to convert into Islam,"
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina - Report no. 101 & 102 (06/12/2000) #644
the Jihad warriors of having only one objective: the islamisation of Indonesia. They are provoking
christians to continue the conflict, thus destroying both christians and moderate muslims. The
Moluccas are sort of barometer for them. As soon as the Moluccas are subdued and its ethnic
roots eradicated, the rest of Indonesia will be an easy prey.
Not Much Left in Ambon (05/12/2000) #643
Life of the Ambonese people both Christians and Muslims that was based on brotherhood vow
of pela-gandong seems to have disappeared without a trace. This is a bitter history they left for
the future generation. This story ends with the chasing of the Christians out of Wayame village
after they lived side by side for centuries.
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina - Report no. 100 (04/12/2000) #637 CHAOTIC DEMONSTRATION - Led by Laskar Jihad, yesterday at about 11.00 a.m., a mass of
muslims, including women, came to the Governor's Office at Jalan Pattimura to proffer a list of
seven complaints and demands, together with several warnings about things that will happen if
their demands are not fulfilled, among others that the large Maranatha church (adjacent to the
governor's office) will be destroyed, be it at the cost of a thousand muslim lives.
Rumours of the Attacks around Christmas in Ambon (04/12/2000) #632
With two religious festivals coming, namely Christmas and Ramadhan, rumours and threats
after threats have been received in Maluku that there will be more violence. This has cause the
Ambonese people live their daily lives in fear. Some of the rumours and threats are:
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina - Report no. 99 (02/12/2000) #631
the christians in the Moluccas up to now have been faithful to the Pancasila; however they are
being accused by the jihad leader, Jaffar Umat Thalib, to be separatists. But by proclaiming the
Syariat (Islam Law) to be introduced in the North Moluccas (see Report 98 no. 2), Jaffar himself
turns out to be the real separatist.
Muslims slaughter 46 Christians in Indonesian Malukus (02/12/2000) #630
An Indonesian Christian activist claimed Thursday that 46 people had been slaughtered on a
small island of the Malukus chain for refusing to convert to Islam. "We have received reports
that on Kaisiui island in the Watubela island group, four Christian hamlets were razed by
Muslim attackers from the surrounding islands earlier this week,"
Joshua: Facts Underlying Ambon Tragedy (02/12/2000) #629
There has been many talks between Moslems and Christians; between the youth
organisations, between the local chiefs (cultural chiefs), between both sides and the
government and military, trying to come up with the solutions for what so called Ambon
Tragedy, but no one seems to have the courage to dig out all the roots of the problems. How
can anybody go about healing such a decease not knowing what cause that decease?