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Indonesia    MALUKU NUNS JOIN JAKARTA PROTEST AGAINST SECTARIAN VIOLENCE
Nuns from Indonesia's Maluku provinces have called on the government to restore peace and order, and provide immediate help to victims of sectarian violence in the former Spice Islands.
    Twelve nuns from three Religious congregations serving in the Maluku islands joined 100 civil rights activists in a recent protest march in Jakarta to press the government to restore security in the region.
    Sr Theresia Lefteuw, a native of Maluku and local superior of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, said: "We came to launch this action not on behalf of our own nuns, but for all the people," Sister Lefteuw said. Franciscan Fr Antonius Manurung, another demonstrator, told UCA News the protest was "an expression of our care for people in Maluku who are suffering and dying due to the power struggle among the political elite."
    Sr Hendrika Lakesyanan, a PBHK nun, urged the government to stop the shipment of weapons to Maluku and withdraw jihad fighters from the islands.
    "Instead of killing weapons, it would be far better to send food, clothes and medicine for people who suffer," the nun, a Maluku native, told UCA News.
   
UCAN
   
27 July 00



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