Gereja Ayam - Chicken Church

Should you be trekking through the thick forests of Magelang, Indonesia, try not to be too alarmed if you stumble upon a titanic, rotting building, shaped like a chicken. Known as Gereja Ayam (unsurprisingly, “Chicken Church”), this mouldering titan was probably whimsical once, but now it seems like the creepy lost temple of a goofy cult.

(K)ein politischer Genozid

Mit einem selbstveranstalteten Tribunal zu den antikommunistischen Massakern in Indonesien vor 50 Jahren wollen Überlebende und Aktivisten die Regierung in Jakarta zur Aufarbeitung der Verbrechen drängen
Von Anett Keller

von der Jungewelt

Indonesias 1965 - crimes against humanity - International peoples tribunal in Den Haag

Half a century ago in Indonesia, following the events of October 1 1965, 500,000 to one million people accused of being members or supporters of the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) were murdered, and many hundreds of thousands of people were detained without trial, perished or exiled. The impunity surrounding these mass killings has been encircled in social and political amnesia. There has been no official attempt to find out who was behind the killings, who the victims were exactly, and where they are buried.

Puputan ("Fight to the death")

The force marched to Denpasar, Bali, as if in a dress parade.[2] They approached the royal palace, noting smoke rising from the puri and hearing a wild beating of drums coming from within the palace walls.

The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa

the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa. It produced thick clouds of ash that created global effects.

The Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention


This large nation of islands is both ethnically and religiously diverse, with many minority groups who find their rights abused and subordinated to the political and economic interests of the state and dominant culture. A variety of conflicts of varying intensities have been ongoing for decades throughout the country, notably in Aceh and Papua.

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Background Information

Area: 1.9 million sq km
Population: 232 million (UN, 2010)