Photo: The Kuta memorial to those who lost their lives in the 2002 Bali bombings.

Bali Bombing Memorial

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On October 12, 2002, three terrorist bombs were detonated in Bali. This memorial pays tribute to the 202 victims of the devastating attacks.

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The Saturday was just another party night in Kuta. It was the end of the football season in Australia and lots of Australians were on end-of-season tours and out for a bit of fun. European tourists were among the revellers too, making the most of an extended summer break. Taxi drivers and sellers were milling around on the streets, trying to make a buck. Just as Kuta’s nightclubs were reaching full capacity at around 23:00, a series of bombs ripped though the crowds, killing and maiming hundreds of partygoers and bystanders in a vicious attack. The effect was catastrophic and Bali’s medical facilities were quickly overwhelmed. Many people suffered horrifying burns and some of the worst treated were air-evacuated to Darwin and Perth in Australia for further care.

The memorial by day. Photo taken in or around Bali Bombing Memorial, Kuta, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

The memorial by day. Photo: Sally Arnold

The incident was to have a devastating effect on Bali’s (and the rest of Indonesia’s) tourist industry, critically damaging Bali’s reputation as safe and peaceful haven to let your ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)

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