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Southern Sumatra (by guest author Berend)

In Uncategorized on October 10, 2013 at 1:43 am

A thousand white helmets. This graveyard is a monument, a witness to my birth. The men who lie here are the sacrifices made so I could enter the world. A thousand Asian lives for the one European life. My life begins here, with a  simple ritual: a thousand men, trapped in a ring of steel, slaughtered, in five days and five nights, with ritual stenguns, ritual Sherman tanks, ritual Mosquito bombers, in what is merely a pretense of war.

The defeated hope, of a thousand men, for life, for dignity, for freedom. This is the hope I carry with me.

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