Noviana Malewa

Sep 25th, 2006, in News, by

Noviana Malewa is still undergoing treatment after a beheading attempt in Sulawesi last year.

Noviana Malewa, who was 15 at the time, and three of her friends, Theresia Morangke, Alfita Poliwo, Yarni Sambue, were walking along a path on October 29th, 2005, on their way to a private Christian school in Poso, Sulawesi, when they were set upon by a gang of men who may or may not have been Islamic militants, wielding machetes. Noviana’s three schoolmates were beheaded while Noviana suffered a massive slash that ran from her cheek to her neck. Some contemporary reports.

Recently Novi has undergone treatment for her injuries paid for by Voice of the Martyrs in the US. Taken from her hiding place in Sulawesi to Surabaya, East Java, she underwent surgery to relieve the painful symptoms she experienced and heal the scarring.

Noviana Malewa
Noviana Malewa.

Due to the attack Noviana suffered nerve damage and a dislocated jaw, and she had problems with her right eye winking spontaneously, as well as the involuntary twitching of the right corner of her lip. She was also treated for the severe and sudden pain she sometimes felt in her head.

After the surgery, Noviana continues to receive follow-up treatment. She has to massage her face daily to stimulate nerve growth, and expose her scarring to infra-red beam treatment for five minutes. Neuro-medicine therapy and skin salves must also be administered on a daily basis. The plastic surgeon was able to reduce much of the ugly scarring, serving to boost Noviana’s spirits.

28 Comments on “Noviana Malewa”

  1. Miss Indo 07 says:

    oh, and the culprits don’t need to be executed, yeah, what a cool country.

  2. Mohammed Khafi says:

    It doesn’t matter if the perpetrators of this horrific crime were Muslim fanatics or paid agitators, we have to find a way of stopping this sort of brutality! We certainly, if this is an example, are not a civilised nation yet! May God give Noviana, the spiritual and physical strength to overcome this ordeal, and may he give Indonesians no matter what religion or cultural group they come from the insight to see that violence and confrontation will never lead to heaven either in this life or the next.

  3. Molisan Tono says:

    One more example of violence behind religion tag.

  4. Teguh Irawan says:

    Please tell us the TIBO action and give the information the balance and truth so I can think in the pure , please give us the photo TIBO action, in killing field about 200 “santri” pesantren wali Sanga, I want ask , ” where is my heaven ?” They don’t know the heaven ? please as Mr Eric Clapton I think they are knowing now ( I catch up form lyric group music Gigola Aunt). sorry if I make you upset, because I still waste , please wish me like !!!

  5. Mohammed Khafi says:


    “”¦take not life, which God hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you, that ye may learn wisdom.” 6:151

    “”¦if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.” 5:32

    “Do not let your hatred of a people incite you to aggression.” 5:2

    “And do not let ill-will towards any folk incite you so that you swerve from dealing justly. Be just; that is nearest to heedfulness” 5:8

    “God commands justice and doing good and giving to relatives. And He forbids indecency and doing wrong and tyranny. He warns you so that hopefully you will pay heed.” 16:90

    Violence breeds violence, no killing is justified as it will not lead to a resolution of the problem.


  6. Molisan Tono says:

    I never saw Moslem being victimized and it’s hard evidence like we can see now the portrait of what (Moslem extrimist, perhaps) they have done to Noviana.

    Could you please, my fellow Moslems; tell me what kind of measure we must take for this kind of brutal action toward other believers?

    Since it may or may not be Islamic militants who did this, which part in your Quran loudly sound or at least looks like legit or legally permit you to do such violence to other human being?

    Tell us here, why is there so much violence?

  7. Bob Rich says:

    I am a Christian living in Los Angeles, California, USA.

    I would like to mail a letter of encouragement to Noviana Malewa. I was saddened and angry when I read what happened to her, and her victimized friends.

    Please contact me at the e-mail address:, if you know of a mailing address where I can send a letter to Malewa, to cheer her up and to let her know that people around the world are thinking of her, wishing her well.

    Can we send letters to Noviana’s school or church?

    – Bob

  8. Daniel says:


    You can contact Voice of the Martyrs US.

    They are the organisation that paid for Noviana’s surgery, and they also have a letter writing program (if I am not mistaken).

  9. Marsel says:

    Miss Indo, there are a lot of things better than complaining about how “cool” our country is.
    This is our country after all. 😉

    Maybe it’s a good idea to contact Noviana and give her consolations, Better than just having a pity on her. Hope,this small thing can give her power.
    Thanks 2 Bob 4 the inspiration.

  10. Miss Indo 07 says:

    Thanks for the advice Marsel, I’ve opened the website given by Danie (thx Dan) and asked already but I haven’t got the answer. When you know how to contact her please inform me here, I’d be happy to join you.

    But btw, yeah our country is cool and frankly speaking I’m not sure I’m able to do many things to make it better beside of complaining. At least I always try to be nice to everyone regardless their race and religion and try to help people when I’m able to help. That’s all I can do for now.
    And complaining? man trust me it’s hard not to complain when I read about all these news about our cool country.

  11. Molisan Tono says:

    cool? it’s not chill… too long summer… no summer breeze too. just simple hot air blowing. :p

  12. Philly Mcfadden says:

    Miss Indo 07… complaining will not change anything, my dear sis… it’s only make you more frustrated. How about join the God’s People in Indonesia and all over the world to pray for Indonesia… only God can make the changes.

    The Lord bless you richly and abundantly!

  13. Julita says:

    Oh, my, Noviana is a girl, the lady in the public traffic is a woman, Mrs. Eri is a woman. Why are they doing this those culprits. Try this in other countries. A teacher cannot abuse their students, parents their children, husbands cannot abuse their wives. So good and strong is the law, no bribes please, is part of heaven here. You can do that too, beginning with the young generation!

  14. Hassan says:

    this violence is related to the Poso mayhem, it’s not a single standing incident. in the Poso mayhem, Christians attacked muslisms, and Muslims attacked Christians. so don’t use the ‘victimised Christians’ lines here..

    remember, the Poso mayhem was started by the ‘bloody idul fitri incident’, in which Christians attacked and killed Muslims on their way to their ied prayer, in case some of us had short memories.

  15. Mohammed Khafi says:


    This is not about blame, this is about the brutality of the act carried out, there can be no justification for this sort of violence carried out on innocent young schoolgirls. It doesn’t matter who carried it out, this type of animal savagery has to stop or this country is set to descend into a living hell the likes of which haven’t been seen since the communist purges.

    I feel sorry for you, that you are blinded to the horror of such violence by your ‘Us and Them” mentality.


  16. Hassan says:

    Muhammed khafi: you must understand that I’m not defending the culprits. and i do agree with you that these acts of savagery must stop, period. I just thought that history should not be forgotten, no matter how bitter it was. remember, my statement is purely a historical account that had really happened.

    you see, the reason why i made the above statement is to reply a comment made by my usual antagonist, Molisan Tono, and some other Christians who seemed to try to blame Muslims and using the ‘victimised Christian’ line.

    “Could you please, my fellow Moslems; tell me what kind of measure we must take for this kind of brutal action toward other believers?”

    “Since it may or may not be Islamic militants who did this, which part in your Quran loudly sound or at least looks like legit or legally permit you to do such violence to other human being?”

    “Tell us here, why is there so much violence?”

    my appologies for forgetting to address ‘Molisan Tono’ before my statement.

  17. Mohammed Khafi says:

    Hassan My Brother,

    Just don’t rise to Molisan Tono’s bait, sometimes he has some quite insightful comments, but he does like to go fishing!

    Peace and Ramadhan Mubarak, Selamat berpuasa.

  18. Hassan says:

    Ramadhan Mubarak to you too. Mohon maaf lahir batin. 😀

  19. Miss Indo 07 says:

    Philly McFadden, I agree, thx. ^^

    And for my Muslim friends, selamat menjalankan ibadah puasa ^^
    Hope everything will be ok in our country and we’ll have nice idul fitri and xmas as well, and hopefully the innocent victims of our country’s “dirty things” also celebrate idul fitri and xmas in heaven.

  20. Molisan Tono says:

    hi all… just got home from fishing… weird, i thought i saw Hassan for a while on the fishing pond. hahaha…

    it seems like Hassan do like me… will you marry me Hassan? hahaha… no way lah, I’m straight okay? it’s good to have you here back in the forum dude.

    anyway, have a good day for puasa okay? i won’t shoot too provocative statement during puasa.

    just chillin

  21. Hassan says:

    Molisan Tono and Miss Indo 07: you two had been some of the people who i’ve have had the pleasure of arguing and trading blows the longest.

    well, while we’ve been busy arguing, insulting, and throwing bad stuff at each other, i must have hurt your feelings before, and for that i sincerely offered my appologies. trust me, I meant no harm, I just liked to comment and can’t keep my mouth shut, I guess, hehehe!

    and my ‘sworn enemy’ tono, after this ramadhan, don’t go easy on me. fire away! btw, i see you haven’t visited the ‘protecting Lebanon‘ thread for a while, not up to the challenge, eh?

  22. Molisan Tono says:

    na……. being busy for a while. got to earn more money for my son… well, we’ll argue later hahaha….

  23. Ram says:

    A TRUE Muslim never do such THING. A body disguise as human being has created questions on our ability to find fox among goats.

  24. Czeslaw says:

    Ms. Noviana Malewa, you have my sincere sympathy.

    Let peace and love of God, heal you whole…



    Ram, a true Muslim will not do this or that?

    What do you mean, look what is happening in Iraq?

    This year so far, according to the Iraqi health ministry, over 150,000 Iraqis are dead due to the religus cleansing among them sleves. Just Shi’ias vs Sunis.

    Mr. Mohammed Khafi, above, have excellent take on the Indonesian problem, but I believe, that his throat would be slit in Baghdad for his take on it.

    We are all in hot pot right now, and how to disolve this problem will take countles human lives, and perhaps ages to come”¦.


    This is my gift to Ms. Noviana Malewa. Here are the First and the 12th Christian martyrs from the History of Christian Martyrs to the First General Persecutions Under Nero:

    I. St. Stephen.

    This early martyr was elected, with six others, as a deacon of the first Christian church. He was also an able and successful preacher. The principal persons belonging to five Jewish synagogues entered into dispute with him; but he, by the soundness of his doctrine, and the strength of his arguments, overcame them all, which so much irritated them, that they bribed false witnesses to accuse him of blaspheming God and Moses. On being carried before the council, he made a noble defense; but this so much exasperated his judges, that they resolved to condemn him.

    At the instant Stephen saw a vision from heaven, representing Jesus, in his glorified state, sitting at the right hand of God. This vision so enraptured him, that he exclaimed, “Behold I see the heavens open, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God.” This caused him to be condemned, and having dragged him out of the city they stoned him to death. On the spot where he was martyred, Eudocia, the empress of Theodosius, erected a superb church, and the memory of the martyr is annually celebrated on the 26th day of December.

    The death of Stephen was succeeded by a severe persecution in Jerusalem, in which 2000 Christians, with Nicanor the deacon, were martyred, and many others obliged to leave their country.

    XVII. St. Barnabas.

    He was a native of Cyprus, but of Jewish parents: the time of his death is uncertain; but it is supposed to have been about the year of Christ 73; and his festival is kept on the 11th of June.

    – Since I do not want to be portrayed, as a Christianity peddler here, I am mentioning here also a Muslim martyr.

    el-Bab (The Gate) of late 1800s who was murdered by Islamic Turks. He was hanged on the main city gate, then shot by the firing Islamic Turkish squad, by orders of ayatollahs and mullahs.

    So, Islam too, had a great prophet after Mohamed, but Muslims murdered Him, as Jews/Romans did murdered Yeshu, the son of Josef and Mary, The Christ.

    Ms. Noviana Malewa, I hope that some one will print this page and let you have it.

    I am sure, that a lot of us would love to hear from you on this blog. That would be a great blessing to us.

  25. Tony Riazzo says:

    I feel so sad for her, I hope she has a complete recovery, although the emotional scars will take the longest to heal, time will be the only cure. I wish I could be there to help her somehow.

  26. god-fearing says:

    I would never set foot in that hell-hole of a country called Indonesia. those men plotted and planned these murders for some time. they had the devil in their hearts. followers of Islam don’t realize they’re actually ruled by satan, who is very clever about filling people’s hearts with hatred and violence.

  27. Parvita says:

    No news about the people that done this? They ran away? Would like to hear then get prosecuted.

  28. theja says:

    Hey I heard Indonesia was a cool country hhh… but I think things like this is nothing near to cool and above that the culprits who persecute in the name of religions going free is nothing near to cool. come on doing these things in the name of any GOD or Religion is not cool man think about your follow folks… who are innocent yet had to take it because someone from their religion do this stupid things.

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