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Less We Forget

Ceremony at ‘Ground Zero’ to Commemorate 11th Anniversary of Bali Bombing. Australian PM Announces Terrorist Compensation Program.

(10/14/2013) On October 12, 2013, surviving family members from among the Indonesians who died in the terrorist attack of on a Bali nightspot on October 12, 2002 gathered at the Bali Bombing Memorial, also known as “Ground Zero” to scatter flower petals and recall the names and lives of the 202 people who died.

This year’s gathering was organized by the Istana Dewata Foundation. The chairperson of the Foundation, Ni Luh Erniyati, told the State News Agency Antara, “Every year we commemorate the moment, even though in a simple manner due to limited funds.”

After the scattering of flowers, prayers were offered and poems recited before a group photo closed the gathering.

I Wayan Radmi, whose husband Made Sujana died in the bombing, said: “At the time my husband worked as a security guard at the Sari Club. I and my family were shocked to hear of the bombing from my sister-in-law who worked at one of the nightspots in Kuta.”

He also had the gruesome memory of how only portions of her husband’s body were sent to the family in envelopes from the Denpasar General Hospital.

“Because the process of identification was time consuming, our family decided to cremate (my husband). After a while, we received a portion of my husband’s body positively identified by DNA tests,” she explained.

Tony Abbott Visits Ground Zero

During an official visit to Bali to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference (APEC) Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited the “Ground Zero” monument to lay a commemorate wreath.

Abbott said he came to the bombing site tom “Honor the dead, to commiserate with those who were injured on that night and who still bear the scars, physical and mental”.

88 Australians were counted among the 202 who died in the bombing.

The Australian Prime Minister used the occasion of his visit, just days before the 11th anniversary of the tragedy, to announce a compensation scheme for the victims of overseas terror attacks. The scheme provides for AU$75,000 in compensation to be paid to the next-of-kin of the Australians who died in the blast.

The compensation program, the culmination of a plan originally forwarded by former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, can be sought via an application process commencing on October 21, 2013. Gillard’s plan envisioned compensating only future victims of terrorism while Abbott has chosen to make compensation to also apply to Australians who are past victims of terror.