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like the life within a classroom in a local village to the heart-wrenching past of its islanders ravaged by bloodbaths that entailed the European’s discovery of Bandan nutmeg and colonisation. It also arches over the island’s beauty of nature and vast blue oceans, to socio-cultural remnants like ruins built with the distinct architecture of the East Indies, to a bitter lullaby in a nearly extinct language that still sings of Jan Pieterszoon Coen, the Governor-General of the Dutch East India Company responsible for the manslaughter of Bandanese people on 8 May 1621; a genocide that reduced Banda’s population of 15.000 lives to a trifling 600. Fatris, a writer with a flair for philology, wrote in detailed observation of his experience in Banda: “I saw how the Bandanese lived side-by-side with old forts covered in moss, canons, and other vestiges from centuries past that seemed trapped in a strange dimension,” read a sentence in the forewords

“Jurnal Banda/The Banda Journal”

30/02/2020 “Jurnal Banda/The Banda Journal” By Muhammad Fadli, Edited by Fatris MF We’re proud to announce that we will publish new title ‘The Banda Journal’, by the photographer Muhammad Fadli, and Fatris MF. Indonesia cannot be understood solely through formulas, economic growth, bustling markets, and cities that bloom and sprawl across the landscape. Indonesia is […]