Messages of Peace for Bali
Sawung Jabo Poem for Bali
Jutaan burung gagak terbang mendatangi dari jauh
Ada mara bahaya, tapi tak teraba
Suara menggelegar mengguncang langit,
Lidah api bagai setan menari-nari di atas tumpukan derita
Kenapa harus menebar bencana
Jiwa jiwa mati tak terkendali
Wahai para pengambil keputusan di dunia
Berapa banyak lagi sungai darah mengalir
Singgasana kekuasaan selalu bermandikan darah
Ibu pertiwi, Ibu dunia
Wahai pemberi hidup!,
Kami sudah lelah,
Sawung Jabo, Sydney 18 Oktober 2002.
The golden twilight of the Bali beaches shone in its beauty.
Millions of crows flew in from afar,
Danger was abroad but no-one felt it.
The thunderous roar shook the sky.
Innocent faces wander helplessly
Devilish flames dance on piles of sorrow.
Why must disaster be sown?
Uncontrolled dead souls
Hey you world decision makers
How many more rivers of blood must flow?
The thrones of power are always bathed in blood.
Mother earth, mother world
We are tired.
Sawung Jabo, 18 October 2002
Byron Bay Surf Club, 15 November 2002
The community of the Byron Shire in Australia gathered together to create
a fundraising event on Friday the 15th of November. Initially, we held
a meeting to discuss what we could do to support Indonesia during this
time. After discussing the issue and reading several emails that we received
from Bali, we decided the best thing we could do was try to raise money
while also raising awareness. We set out to create beauty from this tragedy
and the event that followed in just a few short weeks was a gorgeous display
of community support and compassion.
So, we set to work. The amount of energy within the group and the support
from the surrounding community was incredibly heartening. Everyone found
their niche and went to it, each performing a vital component in the creation
of such a wonderful evening. There were some who gathered an unbelievable
amount of donations from generous businesses and residents in the area.
Others organized the venue which was donated by Surf Club. Some focused
on promotion, while others worked on the sound equipment needed. People
just kept coming to donate their time to play music, make food, decorate,
do a slide show, manage the stage, be a sound technician, the list goes
on and on. As the temptation to mention every single person to help is
great, several pages would be needed so we will have to offer a heartfelt
general thanks to every person that volunteered, donated, came to the
event, bought raffle tickets, or even just rang to express support in
the time during the organization of show.
The evening itself was magical. The surf club was transformed into a
Balinese paradise, Byron style, decked out with flowers, palm fronds and
colorful fabrics. The night started with Made bringing in a beautiful
Balinese offering. This was the perfect start of the evening, and we are
so grateful to Made for this. As the offering was brought in, the Byron
Shire's own gamelan orchestra Langen Sari began their lovely playing,
filling the surf club with a marvelous Indonesian ambiance. After their
performance, David Laeser captivated the crowd with a heartwarming speech.
During the rest of the night, we all enjoyed performances by Tarshito,
Musician-in-Residence Efiq Zulfiqar, Couchfunk and Greg Sheehan and Skin.
People mingled and danced, in between conversation and absolutely mouth-watering
Indonesian cuisine prepared by Ray and his wonderfully hard-working kitchen
staff. We were even given the treat of watching acclaimed Australian dancer
Kerensa perform a traditional Balinese dance and story. The creativity
and beauty was alive and well and the multicultural flavors of Byron Shire
came together to create an evening to savor.
Through the generosity of the community on all levels and the hard work
of the many volunteers, Byron Loves Bali raised over AUD $10,000. This
money will be going to Bali Hati Foundation to projects that will be touching
Indonesian people directly. Already over $2000 worth of burn creams purchased
in the Byron Shire have been sent to Bali and are currently helping patients
in the hospitals. The group is researching what the most effective use
of the rest of the money will be. There is a huge influx of money into
Bali right now, and we would like to be cautious with the delegation of
funds, to assure that it will be directly helping people in need right
now. Bali Hati has asked us to decide which exact project we would like
to contribute to, so we are considering the options at this point.
But we're not done yet. Byron Loves Bali has decided to continue on with
the group in our support of Bali. We are planning to coordinate another
event in the Byron Shire in February or March of next year, and will be
discussing how we can provide continued support to the Indonesians in
this time of uncertainty in Bali. We have begun another raffle at this
point with the grand prize being a trip for two to Bali including airfare
and luxury accommodation. We are also working on commissioning the production
of Byron Loves Bali t-shirts to be sold here in Australia, which will
generate employment in Bali.
The energy and dedication within the group is amazing. Everyone has been
contributing in their own important way. Of course we could not have been
so successful without the amazing community support we feel here in Byron.
We are also especially grateful for the inspiration we feel from the Indonesian
spirit in Bali which helps us to continue on for the sake of working to
create and nourish beauty in the wake of a tragedy.
"...supaya kita jangan menaruh kepercayaan pada kita sendiri, tetapi
"The Act of Barbarism and inhumanity has no place in any society, any country or in any religion."
The effect of Bali tragedy is beyond anyone's imagination. It's aftermath has been felt throughout the world, particularly the Indonesian economy and the bilateral relationship with Australia. Fellow Australians and friends, we must be steadfast to our principles and values. We must also put aside our differences. As Indonesians living in Australia or Australian with Indonesian background, we, too, are deeply hurt by this incident, because most of the victims were from our two countries.
From Imam Amin Hady's speech on a fund raising evening for Bali's victims.
Bali, October 24, 2002
In Bali, on October 12, 2002, we were profoundly touched and wounded. Bali, an island of peace, gentleness and love.
A cosmopolitan island always embracing fellowship and unity. Reaction to the destruction of the bombing was solidarity and compassion. All races and religions merged....
We: Balinese Indonesians of diverse origins, Residents of Indonesia, Travelers and vacationers from all over the world, having known the joy of this island.
We organised, in commemoration, on Nov.12, 2002, in Bali, a day in white for peace in the world. On this occasion unity was shown by wearing white and releasing a white balloon into the sky.
Friends of the world join with us wherever you may be ........... What is important is that our breath flows through the universe in order to solicit peace.
To that effect :
We appealed to all of you who believe in the force of love, and dare face the belief of peace in the world. Some of us will benefited by artistic performances for the children traumatized by our lack of conscientiousness...
These spectacles happened on the beach between KUTA and PETITENGET ... from 16.00 to 21:00 pm
HAPPINESS FOR ALL .
Love Still Flows
I awoke as my bed shook
Airplanes coming to take people away.
As I sit at my desk
Peace on earth is in our hearths.
(kids grade 3 and 4) 25.10.02 Sunrise School in Bali
Ground zero is like a black hole of Hell where all your energy gets sucked through,
Sayang Perini-Ropp aged 10 years.