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29
Apr
16

Remembering Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan

Today marks the first anniversary of the killing of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran at the command of the Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Their lives were ended at 12.25am on 29 April 2015.

From ABC Radio

Remembering Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan
Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were convicted drug smugglers but in the 10 years leading up to their deaths, they completely reformed. Andrew became an ordained Christian minister inside his Bali prison. Myuran expressed his growing faith in his art.

On their journey, they were accompanied by two extraordinary couples: Salvation Army chaplain David Soper and his wife; and the Rev Christie Buckingham and her husband Pastor Rob Buckingham of Melbourne’s Bayside Church. Rob Buckingham became a friend of this program, where he was a voice of reassurance in dark times.

http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2016/04/rer_20160420_1750.mp3

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Illustration from here:
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/australian-artist-ben-quilty-seeks-mercy-for-bali-nine-236980

Also see story here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2015/11/11/myuran-sukumaran-gq-artist_n_8526004.html

and here

http://reprieve.org.au/news/reflections-29-april-2015-executions/

09
May
15

The Faith of Andrew and Myuran.

From an ABC Radio interview with Rob Buckingham.

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Andrew’s faith is very well known, he’s an ordained pastor, he’s been studying toward that over many years. He’s effectively been leading the church inside Kerobokan Prison now for a number of years. His faith is very well known

Myu by his nature has been a quieter person, but in more recent times has become very deep in his faith as a Christian. I think for both of them the strength of their faith came shining through. They realised that they have done the wrong thing in the past. They accepted the fact that they were caught and incarcerated. They’ve both completely reformed their own lives and were working very strongly at reforming others.

All they or anybody else was asking was that these two men would be left in prison for the rest of their lives in Indonesia so that they could continue the work of helping to reform and rehabilitate other people.

Links to recorded interview (12 mins 37 seconds):

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/search?service_guid=RN-rer-20150429-6431248

http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2015/04/rer_20150429_1730.mp3

Link to transcript:

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/religionandethicsreport/pastor-rob-buckingham-speaks-after-bali-nine-executions/6430782

09
May
15

Letter to Joko Widodo from Myuran Sukumaran’s mum

This blog entry will post on the day of Myuran Sukumaran’s funeral.

Sukamaran was murdered alongside Andrew Chan and six others at 12.25am on 29th April. All refused to be blindfolded and sang Amazing Grace as they were taken to be shot.

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Myuran Sukumaran’s mum pens letter to Joko Widodo

“I am not sure where you were as the men you ordered to kill my son, and seven others pulled the trigger but I am sure you were far away,” wrote Raji Sukumaran.

“My son died knowing all his loved ones were close by waiting in a hotel room to hear the news that he had been executed.”

She also revealed one of Myuran’s final words were in prayer for Indonesia and said she hoped she could “help other people or their families in some way as they sit and wait for you to order their deaths”.

I watched as over the last four months you tortured him by making jokes about his life, making him guess the night he would be taken, openly discussing the way in which he would die, parading and humiliating our family.

I know as I write this letter, the death of our children will not make any difference to drug trade in Indonesia. I am sure you know this, and that your reasons for taking these 8 lives had nothing to do with preventing drugs and everything to do with your politics.

As I finish this letter I pray for the many other men and women whose lives are in your hands, especially those on death row. I pray that you will have the courage to look beyond the politics for they too have families who love them despite their mistakes.

Read more, including the full text of the letter at:
http://www.9news.com.au/world/2015/05/08/04/42/myuran-sukumaran-mum-pens-letter-to-joko-widodo#ukfHcxiCyh2YXF94.99

08
May
15

Andrew Chan Funeral

The funeral of Andrew Chan, the Australian recently murdered in Indonesia was held this morning.
The funeral for Myuran Sukumaran who was murdered alongside him will be held tomorrow.

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Wife recites letter written to Chan on day of execution

chan funeralFebyanti Herewila, who Chan married two days before his execution, received a standing ovation after speaking at the service.

She recited a letter that she wrote to Chan on the day of his execution.

“Darling keep singing when they take you. I love you, I’ll see you soon, death cannot separate us,” she said.

She praised Chan for his strength throughout the ordeal, saying “no-one could ever face death like him”.

“Andrew refused to cover his eyes and he even wore his glasses that night,” she said.

“He hates wearing his glasses, [but] that night he chose to wear them because he wanted to look them in the eyes”.

After the ceremony there was a private cremation.

Chan was executed alongside fellow Australian Myuran Sukumaran and six other prisoners on the Indonesian prison island of Nusakambangan on Wednesday last week.

The two men spent nearly 10 years in detention on death row in Bali’s Kerobokan prison after they were found guilty of attempting to smuggle eight kilograms of heroin into Australia.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the executions were a “dark moment” in the relationship between Australia and Indonesia, and responded by withdrawing the Australian ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson.

Chan expressed remorse for his crimes and, together with Sukumaran, he established a drug rehabilitation program for fellow inmates at the Kerobokan prison.

An atheist before his arrest, Chan later converted to the Christian faith, which he said helped him cope with life in jail.

 

The above is from an article found here

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-08/andrew-chan-funeral-service-sydney-bali-nine/6454374




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