15-year Old Indonesian Christian Girl Recalls Horror of Muslim Attack
ICC Note: Here is a brief update on the only girl who was able to survive the vicious attacks from radical Muslims on a mission to behead young Christian girls.
3/22/07 Indonesia For full story .(AINA) In October 2005, Noviana and three other teenagers were taking a small footpath on the way to their Christian high school near Poso , Indonesia . Suddenly, from out of the jungle, sprang six masked men in all black, wielding machetes. Noviana fought bravely, but was struck across the side of her face and neck with a machete. She fell to the ground and rolled down into a ravine. Above, she heard her friends screaming. Just when she was about to lose hope, a van of soldiers appeared and took her to a hospital.
Noviana was the only survivor that day. After the attack, she was hidden in a Christian village and guarded by police because her testimony was needed in court. The radical Muslims who had killed her friends were still looking for her. It was even too dangerous for her to attempt a hospital visit.
Though Noviana’s physical scars are beginning to heal, she still struggles with the emotional and mental scars from witnessing the brutal murder of her three friends. Yet, she remains steadfast in her faith.