They never expect that their families would be torn apart, dreams ruined, with despair, tragedies and lost abound. But they also never expect to find love, adventure, bliss and togetherness.
Based on the real life accounts of dozens of survivors, hundreds of hours of recordings, hundreds of pages of transcripts, documents and newspaper clippings and thousands of photographs, “This Home Was Never Mine” is a book which retraces the life of one religious minority family from Lombok, Indonesia from how people began treating them differently, systematically driven from their homes, endures harassment and discrimination with no government protection, placed in an abandoned government building where they remain to this day.
Nivell Rayda has been a journalist for 12 years, specializing in legal and human rights issues. His award-winning stories have appeared in The Jakarta Globe, Asia Sentinel, Global Integrity and various other local and international newspapers, magazines and news portals. This is his first book.
After the killing, risking her own life, Sarbjit fought secretly for justice for nine long, scared years. Eventually, with immense bravery, she became the first person within a murderer’s family ever to go into open court in an honour killing trial as the Prosecution’s key witness, and the first to waive her anonymity in such a trial. As a result of her testimony, the trial led to the first successful prosecution of an honour killing without the body ever being found.
But her story doesn’t end there. Since the trial, her life has been threatened; her own husband arrested after an allegation of intimidation. Shamed is a story of fear and of horror – but also of immense courage, and a woman who risked everything to see that justice was done.