ICC Note: Terrorist attack victims in Indonesia were not receiving adequate compensation for their injuries. Trinity Hutahaean was playing outside a church in the city of Samarinda when an Islamic group sympathizer threw a bomb and got the church on fire. Although the two-year-old Intan Marbun was killed, Trinity was able to survive blast that burned 60 percent of her body and damaged her hands. The judge ordered Indonesian government to pay 22,000 dollars to seven victims, though it will not be enough for extensive burn care that Trinity needs. Nevertheless, this compensation was seen as a progress considering that previous terrorist attack victims have not received any aid from the government.
10/06/2017 Indonesia (ABC Net) – She’s too young to realise it, but in November last year the life of a four-year-old Indonesian girl changed forever.
Trinity Hutahaean was playing outside a church in the city of Samarinda, East Kalimantan when it was attacked by Islamic State group sympathisers.
She was engulfed in flames when a homemade bomb exploded and suffered burns to 60 per cent of her body.
A two-year-old girl, Intan Marbun was killed.
The main perpetrator, Juhanda, who goes by one name and had been convicted of terrorism offences before, was sentenced to life in prison in September.
And in an historic verdict, judges in the case ordered the Indonesian Government pay $22,000 compensation to a total of seven victims.
It is not enough for the extensive burns care Trinity will require. But it’s seen as a progressive decision in a nation where victims of terrorism have rarely received any financial support.
LEADING THE CHARGE FOR VICTIM COMPENSATION
Tony Soemarno has been fighting for compensation for the Indonesian victims of terrorism since he was badly injured in the Marriott hotel bombing in Jakarta in 2003.
That attack killed 12 people and injured more than 150.
Mr Soemarno’s head injuries and burns on his hands and back were so severe he spent nine months in a Jakarta hospital.