Last survivor of Dutch massacre dies

7th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

In Indonesia, the last survivor of the Rawagedeh massacre has died aged 88. Saih bin Sakam survived the 1947 massacre which was perpetrated by Dutch soldiers.

Nearly all the male population of Rawagedeh, a village on Java which has been renamed Balongsari, were shot dead. It is estimated that between 150 and 400 people were killed. Saih bin Sakam manage to survive by pretending to be dead.

Last year, relatives of those killed launched a case against the Dutch state, claiming damages. The Netherlands has admitted that war crimes were committed but says the case is statute barred. Saih bin Sakam came to the Netherlands last year to lobby Dutch MPs about the case.

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