The Bali bombing: an eyewitness account

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Ten years ago on October 12, 2002, ABC reporter Alan Atkinson was on holiday in Bali with his wife and two children when the bombs went off. He was one of the first Western reporters on the scene. His eyewitness account of the holiday and the scenes post-bombing has now been released by Harper Collins as an ebook.

Three Weeks in Bali is written in the form of a daily diary – two weeks of discovering Kuta, Legian, travelling to Ubud, cycling through rice paddies, then over the mountains to see dolphins and go snorkelling at Lovina – only for the enjoyment to come abruptly to an end with news of the bombing. Reporting alone for 12 hours from the bomb scene, the hospital and the airport, Alan describes the harrowing aftermath of the attack. Reviewing the book, historian and author Maria Tumarkin writes that Alan’s writing is :
“…courageous and unguarded, eye-witnessing stripped to the bare bones. As a historian who studies and writes about tragedies and trauma, I've come to treasure this kind of writing or accounting, which is a much better word for it anyway… this writing is immediate, distinctly non-manipulative and almost too plain. It is framed neither by historical context nor by social agenda, but simply by the sheer accident of being there…”

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