The 10-year-old girl ran to a nearby drinks vendor to quench her thirst as an afternoon sun dimmed its once unforgiving heat. Her name was Diva Suukyi and she bore an uncanny resemblance to the man on the poster mounted by the protesters — slain human rights and anticorruption activist Munir Said Thalib, who died eight years ago today.
Diva was aged just 2 when her father was killed on board a Garuda Indonesia flight from Singapore to Amsterdam after his drink was laced with poison.
Munir’s wife, Suciwati, recounted her daughter hearing the news. “Why was Daddy killed, Mommy?” Suciwati quoted her daughter as saying.
Suciwati was lost for words, and cried uncontrollably. As if Munir’s courage was alive in Diva, the toddler embraced her mother, comforting her with her tiny hands. “Mommy don’t cry. Don’t be sad,” the little girl said to her mother.