Indonesia: Sole Survivor of Muslim Beheading Attack Receives Medical Treatment

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Indonesia (Voice of the Marytrs) -- Noviana Malewa, the only girl to escape the malicious beheadings that took place in Indonesia on October 29, 2005 in Central Sulawesi, will receive treatment from VOMedical. The surgery is to alleviate the constant pain she still endures from a sword slash to her face and neck by militant Muslims.

Walking through a cocoa plantation on the way to her private Christian high school in Poso Kota subdistrict, 15-year-old Noviana and three fellow students were ambushed by six masked Islamic terrorists. Theresia Morangke, 15, Yarni Sambue, 15, and Alfita Poliwo, 17, were all decapitated and their heads found in bags on the steps of a church and along the road to a police station with the message, “We will murder 100 more Christian teenagers and their heads will be presented as presents.” Their bodies were discarded at different locations.

Unable to get a clean shot on Noviana, the attackers managed to slash the right side of her head from neck to cheek. The blow damaged nerves, resulting in the dislocation of Noviana’s lower jaw. She still suffers from severe pain in her head and jaw, and because of her loosened teeth, she cannot chew well. Noviana is having an examination and continued treatment this month through VOMedical.

Noviana is still under the 24-hour protection of four policemen far from the scene. Because she is a key witness of the murders, with radical Muslims reportedly searching for her, the Christian survivor has been kept in a safe area. Witnesses of similar Muslim attacks on Christians in Indonesia have been shot.

On May 10th, the Associated Press stated that all seven of the terrorists believed connected to the beheadings confessed their involvement.