Sunday, November 30, 2008
Jonli Awalla's Tomb
An Indonesian policeman beat Jonli Awalla, a Miangas islander, to death in May 2005 over drinks. One year earlier, Awalla helped me reaching his island from Manado. I remember an afternoon drink that I had in his home. His death prompted the whole Miangas to fly a Filipino flag, protesting not only against the policeman but also showing their distaste toward Indonesia.
A Filipina scholar took this photo in March 2008, sending it electronically to me. I feel so sorry to Jonli Awalla. I remember our first encounter, four years ago, on a Manado-Miangas ship. He was a warm guy. He talked to me about his beloved island. He was the secretary of the island.
May Jonli rests in peace!
Miangas, Nationalism and Isolation
Warga Miangas Sempat Kibarkan Bendera Filipina