Serangan Island- Upon arriving, we checked into one of the few accommodation offered on the island and headed for a walk along the harbour , we were taken aback as to the state and the feel of the island, something just wasn’t sitting right, we tried to order a taxi to take us to the main land for dinner, to be told ‘sorry, we don’t come there’ eventually after several failed attempts we decided to retire for the night on our hotels roof terrace, we started talking between us about how strange the island felt and decided to google its history.
Our gut had been right - up until early 2017 the island was home to lots of families 36 which were Bugis Descendent. The Bugis are a group originally from an island in eastern Indonesia, notoriously known for piracy. When the Indonesian spice islands were colonised by the Europeans, folklore has it it that ill behaved European children would be told to beware of the ‘Bugis Man’ eventually to evolve and be known as the ‘Boogie Man’ 🙈.
Early last year, one family who held the deeds to part of Serangan island, known as camp Bugis, decided they wanted the land for them selves and with help from a court hearing and police they bulldozed all the houses while the families and children watched. Women, children and families took refuge in over parts of the island and in the square all during rainy season. As we walked around merely 16 months later you could still see and feel the devastation is has caused to the island and to the families, something that you can’t really see the island ever getting truly over. But still, every face we saw in the street still lit up and greeted us, a father could be seen bouncing his 6 month old daughter on his knee, young boys were thrashing each other on the oldest game consoles known to man, women were tirelessly getting their make shift shops in order while their daughters were enticing the cats to walk to school with them, boys shared cheeky jokes and a phrase we did understand ‘White Guys’, a fishermen sat by the harbour waiting for his next catch. The island still has a lot of uncertainty ahead of it, but one thing that is clear, is that, there will always be hope 💫 #seranganisland #bali