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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

Senjakala Dolar Deli

Perkebunan tembakau skala besar di pantai timur Sumatra dibuka pada 1867 oleh seorang pria Belanda bernama Nieunhuijs. Sejak saat itu nama Deli Serdang, Sumatra Utara dikenal sebagai penghasil tembakau berkualitas tinggi. Tiga tahun lalu, PT Perkebunan Nusantara 2 (PTPN2), berniat menghentikan penanaman tembakau. Tanda kejayaan tembakau di Deli segera berakhir. PERKEBUNAN | Di abad ke-19, […]

KABAR DARI TIMUR

Indonesia Timur bukan semata terminologi geografis yang dibatasi zona waktu. Timur mengandung pula makna sosial: mewakili perbedaan ras, kesenjangan ekonomi, juga perasaan senasib, yakni nasib sebagai daerah yang dianaktirikan oleh derap pembangunan. Dalam konteks berbeda, Timur juga mewakili sebuah enigma. Ada begitu banyak pulau di sini yang terus menjadi misteri: sukar dijangkau, digerayangi hutan, didiami […]

Hair of God

Many children living in Dieng miraculously have dreadlocked hair, despite the fact that their parents have straight locks. Fatris MF and photographer Nicko Angra paid a visit to the source of this great mystery. “We don’t ever cut their hair. In fact, even tidying it up is forbidden. It is a prohibited act,” explained Nurofik upon my arrival at […]