Massacre at Sintuwu Lemba PDF  | Print |  Email

Incident Type: Violence

Date: May 28,2000

Location: Sintuwu Lemba village (aka Kilo 9) -- nine kilometers outside Poso City.

Actors: Highly disputed

Event: An infamous massacre of villagers in the majority Javanese transmigrant Muslim cacao-growing village of Sintuwu Lemba, with dozens of civilians tortured and possibly hundreds killed. The men were brutally killed while hiding in an Islamic boarding school. The women were held captive and molested. Bodies were found in mass graves and in the river.

Note: This is the bloodiest single incident of the Poso conflict.

Source: Lorraine Aragon