Just the thought of it sends a cold feeling down my spine. Imagining the smells and impressions from the first time we visited the place that has given me one of the biggest inspirations so far in my life. Phones and id exchanged for a blue entry pass. I am going through the guidelines given to us before entering. The first thing on the left is the visiting area, don’t look too much and just follow me. Do not stare anyone in the eyes and do not talk to any of the prisoners until we are in the rehabilitation area. It is about 30 degrees outside and we are all wearing long pants and t-shirts. Those are the rules, especially for the women and out of respect for the inmates we are about to meet.
First we will have to go about twelve months back in time. Henrik and my self are boarding a plane with the heading for Bali, Indonesia. This will be our first trip exploring the much-anticipated Asia and combined with school. We both knew that this trip would change us and gives us both a very needed exploration of a very different culture and our self, but what would change me to the person I am today is something I never would have been able to imagine. When arriving in Bali and getting to know the other students over the first week was a good feeling and it is with out a doubt that we found friends for life. But as time passed through an initiative and chance given to me by the school I meet Myuran Sukumaran, who is an inmate on death row in Kerobokan prison, who showed me the strength and possibilities a human being is able to show and create despite circumstances not encouraging to self improvement or any other form of initiatives that would make life better for everyone on the inside. I can see how it would be easy to choose a life of solitude and drug addiction, but this man truly showed me an sources of courage and respect for other I newer thought I could experience first hand. Still it is possible to feel the positive energy that Myuran showed everyone during there encounter whit him even if it was the first or the twentieth time. Being a spiritual person and having the belief that people share there positivity or negativity through much more than just the words or actions of a person, it is a very distinct feeling when you meet a person and you can feel there positive energy just spreading to everyone around them and in to the atmosphere surrounding them.
For the last 2 months there has been a lot of negative news in the development of Myuran and Andrews plea for clemency. Hoping that the new President of Indonesia would take a different turn on the view around the death penalty he has not been showing the understanding for the effect that death penalty have on an academic level. Which through several studies has shown that does not give the wanted outcome of decreasing, in this case, drug use and smuggling. So with ending the year 2014 and starting his career as a President with the execution of six’s people on death row for drug related crimes, the suporters and friends of Myuran and Andrew are now faced with the unbearable fact that they are on the list for executions this month. Facing these terrible and disturbing news over the last months has spread Myurans positive energy around the world in a way that gives people the courage to demand change and mercy in there case. Especially with all the documented benefits from there work and the fact that these two have changed for the better and by doing so they have changed the future for so many people around them, both on the inside of the prison walls and on the outside. The people supporting there case does not approve of the crimes they did 10 years ago, but they have the belief in change and have in many cases seen it with there own eyes, including the people who have visited the project he has built through the last five years.
During the last month I have been trying to write this, but all the negative news has caught up to me and in a way paralyzed my motivation to do what ever I can to help the case and try to change the outcome. Everyday thinking back to all the fun and inspiring days I had being able to be a part of Myurans great work and having conversations about everything from the case to everyday stuff. So getting updates from the work that Ivar Schou and Øivind Zhalsen are doing and have been doing the last years is incredible and I am forever grateful that they gave my self and everyone else the opportunity to be a part of a project where the positive outcomes are visible on so many different levels.
It is a very distinct and hard feeling to describe that a person who has inspired so many people to do more good for others, including my self, whom you also consider as a friend is about to face a destiny not deserved by anyone. It puts your soul and mind under a lot of pressure and the mind starts considering all options that might help or in a positive way affect their situation. So having had the privilege to meet both Myuran and Andrew I feel like I am stuck in a state of constant change of emotions which, until this point, has not resulted in the wanted actions from my perspective to contribute to there case. Always feeling that there is so much I should do that it results in that none of it gets done.
Now my thought and feelings have settled and I know what I need to ask all my friends and relatives for. I need you to help me this once in doing good for someone you probably never have heard of or will meet in person. What I am asking of you is the result of blind trust in that what I have experienced person through the 3,5 months I had the exceptional opportunity of working with Myuran Sukumaran, Ivar Schou and Øivind Zhalsen. So please sign the petition at http://www.mercycampaign.org and share this with one of your friends and asking them to do the same. The effects of this might be unseen to you at this present moment, but the long term affects can be bigger then anyone can imagine. The importance of this is also very important at this moment whit the news regarding the possible moving of Myuran and Andrew to a high-security prison preparing for the execution that is scheduled for this month.
Whatever the outcome of this case I just want you to know that the profound life experiences I, and I am sure a lot of the other students, gained over the 3,5 months we where allowed to be in your presences. Is now a foundation that will be present in our action for the rest of our lives and shown in the choices that we have to make on the way. Certainly I can only speak for my self, but I want you all to know that this being reflected in the actions and decisions every day and day does not pass with out it crossing my mind. Even the physical mark covering my arm, that Myuran was so kind to help me acquire. Is a constant reminder of the, who became a part of my life I did not think was possible, kindness and forgiveness Myuran has shown so many people. Just trying to do what I can by sharing information about the case, but equally important the mental attitude he thought me to have towards other people despite there life situation.
Having the possibility to spend a great deal of my time with the rehabilitation project changed my initial thoughts to a whole different angle. I am sure that just during the first few hours listening and talk to Myuran and the other participants changed my initial perceptions drastically. Spending most my time with Ali who worked a lot with graphic design was a very giving way of spending my time and I am sure we both gained a lot from the time we spent together. He is also one of the people I consider a good friend and a true example of how the rehabilitation project help people on the inside to chose a different path. A path that leads inmates away from drugs and other problems, and towards education and empowering them to actively change there future for the better. Something that they not would be able to do without the passion shown by Myuran and Andrew.
Myuran if you are reading this: Thank you for everything. I know that many people all around the world believe in a positive outcome and will fight for it no matter what. Either way you have changed so many lives for the better and it is not possible express the gratitude for the changes you have made in my life. Keeping hope alive and trying to contribute as much as possible.
Thanks again to Ivar and Øivind who go me involved in this project and for the work they are doing to change the decision made by the Indonesian President about the imminent executions. You have spent so much time and invested a lot of energy in the work that Myuran has done and it is truly showing in your actions. Keep up the good spirit and keep making a difference step by step.
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Peace and mercy.