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Dutch apology for Indonesian atrocities opens old wounds

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Abdul Khalik remembers vividly the moment almost seven decades ago he saw his father being driven away from their remote Indonesian village by Dutch soldiers to be executed. 

Indonesian soldiers march during an event in Makassar on December 11, 2013 to remember the victims of massacres ordered by Dutch forces captain, Raymond Westerling, who masterminded the campaign on Sulawesi during the 1940s war of independence

"He said to me, 'Go home, son' but I refused," recalled the 75-year-old, his eyes focused somewhere in the distant past, during an interview in Bulukumba district on the central island of Sulawesi.

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