Boas Tumangger has a series of videos, shot on his phone, that show the systematic destruction of churches in Singkil in Aceh Province, Indonesia, in 2015. 

One piece of footage shows the moment his church was ripped down by local authorities using wooden poles to dismantle the roof. The other was shot the day another church in Singkil was set ablaze by a mob wielding machetes and Molotov cocktails. 

He’s never uploaded them to social media, he says. Instead, they sit on his phone, tormenting him. He watches them sometimes, at night, when he’s on his own. “They’re too personal to upload,” he says. “Too sad.”

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Aisyah Llewellyn

Aisyah Llewellyn is a British freelance writer based in Medan, Indonesia. She is a former diplomat and writes primarily about Indonesian politics, culture, travel and food.