Indonesia grants compensation to victims of past terrorist acts


Some of those receiving the compensation are victims of terrorism events, including the 2016 Molotov cocktail attack at a church in Samarinda, East Kalimantan. - JP/ANN

JAKARTA (Xinhua): The Indonesian government has granted compensation to more than 200 people who were impacted by past terrorist acts in the country.

On Wednesday (Dec 16) at the Presidential Palace, President Joko Widodo gave the compensation amounting to Rp39.20 billion (US$2.77 million) to 215 victims of 40 past terrorist incidents.

Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, said that providing compensation is one of the country's responsibilities to victims who have been waiting for it for a dozen years.

The move is in accordance with the government regulation on compensation, restitution and support for victims and witnesses.

Some of those receiving the compensation are victims of terrorism events, including the 2016 Molotov cocktail attack at a church in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, the 2016 bombing in Thamrin area in the country's capital, the 2017 bombings at a bus terminal in Kampung Melayu in Jakarta and the 2019 terror attack in Sibolga, North Sumatra.

Jokowi said that the amount of compensation provided by the state was not proportional to what was felt by the victims. This is because after falling victims of criminal acts of terrorism, they experience a decline in their economic conditions due to losing jobs or failing to earn a living, he added.

"There are also (victims) who experience psychological trauma and suffer from forgetfulness, mental and physical (disabilities) as well as experience various stigma due to their physical conditions," Jokowi said, expressing hopes that the assistance provided by the state will encourage the victims.

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