By Utami Kusumawati It was the lowest moment in her life. Khamisa Abdulla was tired of everything. She felt constantly nauseous and wanted only to sleep. She and her seven children had been struggling to live in Cairo, where they had been waiting for almost two years to hear about their application for refugee status. […]
By Utami Kusumawati While being held captive by the Islamic State, Shireen Jardo Ibrahim wanted to end her life. The young Yazidi woman who now lives in Lincoln said she could no longer bear the torture, frustration and humiliation of being an ISIS slave for nine months. “I just hated myself and wanted to commit […]
Sacred dagger Jalak Buddha Utami Diah Kusumawati, Contributor, Jakarta | Culture | Tue, May 06 2014, 12:41 PM Kris have been forged from iron by master craftsmen, known locally as empu, for hundreds of years. Creation of the daggers, sacred to people in Indonesia, Malaysia and even parts of the Philippines, involved complex rituals to […]
The government’s plan to allow local alcoholic beverage makers to expand their capacities will not solve the shortage supply problem and cope with country’s reliance on imports, says the Indonesian Employers Association.
“Why you don’t sell or take back your stuffs? Maybe you need them in the future?” I looked at my stuffs in my apartment in New York City. One big plastic bag of quinoa rice. New one. Never been used. One box of eggs. A-grade 24 eggs. Three bottles of Indonesian chillies. Never been used. […]
La Guardia, New York City, NY. One week ago. “Make into groups and get someone coming to the front to pick up something.” Kami mulai bergerombol, memilih berada di grup dengan teman-teman dekat yang terbiasa menghabiskan lebih banyak waktu bersama setiap harinya di Columbia University. Aku melihat anggota kelompokku. Ada Dominik, jurnalis asal Sweden, duduk tepat […]
Upper West Side, Manhattan. The rain had just stopped pouring, but the sky was still cloudy. Greyish in color. The wet earthy smell filled the air, my nose, my mind. I walked back home from the law library at Columbia University located eight blocks away from my apartment, passing people coming back from school, from […]