As we are approaching 20th anniversary of the Bali Bombings, LiSTNR and Network 10 have launched an audio documentary series, Shockwaves: The Bali Bombings.
Senior Journalist Ali Donaldson hosts and interviews people from Australia and Bali whose lives have been impacted by the Bali Bombings. This deeply touching and emotional podcast series reveals the extraordinary journeys that the tragic event has taken on the victims and those who helped them.
In this five-part series, you will hear from a range of incredible people, including Fiona, who shares her voice in this story. Fiona and her team were credited with saving 28 patients who arrived at Royal Perth Hospital after the attack. Her revolutionary invention, ‘spray on skin,’ was used on several Bali survivors.
A new episode will be released each week, and we will continue to link each episode on this page.
Please be aware that the content includes descriptions of violence and loss in the aftermath of a terrorist attack. If this raises anything for you, please call lifeline on 13 11 14.
Episode One: The Bombings On 12 October 2002, a trip to a nightclub in Kuta - Bali’s tourist district - ends with 202 people dead. A series of bombs are detonated, killing many instantly and leaving others trapped. Those who survive the initial blasts clamber to escape against unimaginable scenes. Shocked and injured, survivors try to find their mates while helping those around them. This episode includes the recollections of Erik de Haart and Simon Quayle. Hosted by Network 10 Senior Journalist, Ali Donaldson, who arrived the next day to cover the story.
Episode Two: AFP officer Andy Thorp arrives in Kuta to find who is responsible for the Bali Bombings. The trial of the bombers leads us to Ni Luh Erniati, a Balinese woman who lost her husband in the attacks, but through finding forgiveness now works to stop the spread of extremism. Hosted by Network 10 Senior Journalist, Ali Donaldson.
Episode Three: Have you lived through a time when everyone does their very best?”. This is the question asked by Dr Fiona Wood - renowned burns specialist - as she tells us what it was like to take care of those who were injured. We also hear from Indonesian medical staff on their tireless work during the aftermath, the close ties that were forged between countries and the medical innovations that came from destruction
Episode Four: How do you go back to everyday life after surviving a terrorist attack? Simon and Norri Quayle and former AFP officer Andy Thorp speak to the importance of mateship and connection in the face of overcoming trauma. We hear about the small, simple gestures offering hope to anyone grappling with the unbearable.
Podcast Link: Listen here