Kanjuruhan Tragedy Kills 17 Children, Alfiansyah is Saved but Becomes an Orphan

  • Based on KemenPAA data, at least 17 small children died in the Kanjuruhan Stadium tragedy, Malang, East Java after the Arema FC vs Persebaya Surabaya match. Alfiansyah managed to survive, but both his parents died on the spot.

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Malang, Suarajatim.com - A total of no less than 174 victims died in the Kanjuruhan Stadium tragedy, Malang, East Java after the Arema FC vs. Persebaya Surabaya match on Saturday (1/10/2022). Based on data from the Ministry of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection (KemenPAA), 17 innocent children died in the incident.

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Nahar, Deputy for Child Special Protection at the Ministry of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection, revealed that as many as 7 children were injured and 17 children died, ranging in age from 12 to 17 years. This data is expected to continue to grow.

It also stated that it would continue to reach out to the children who were victims of the tragedy.

"We, together with the Provincial and City of Malang PPPA Office, are currently tracking the data of the children who are victims," said Nahar on Sunday (2/9/2022).

M. Alfiansyah: Saved, But Became an Orphan

From a series of fatalities, there is a heartbreaking story of Muhammad Alfiansyah, an 11-year-old boy who lost his parents on the same day.

That day, his father named M Yulianto (40) and his mother Devi Ratna S (30) invited Alfiansyah to watch the derby match at Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang, East Java, Saturday (1/10/2022) night.

Never imagined, the night that should have been a happy time because for the first time they were able to directly support their favorite team, Arema FC, ended in tragedy.

After the Arema FC vs. Persebaya match ended, at around 22.00 WIB, the stadium suddenly became chaotic. Starting from the middle of the field, then spread to the stands.

"We watched the game on Tribun 14," said Doni (43) who is the victim's brother.

Doni recounted that when a riot broke out, he immediately rushed out. But when he was almost at the exit of the stadium, suddenly, Muhammad Alfiansyah came to him. Doni also asked where Alfi's parents were, but the boy replied that his parents were still in the stadium.

Not long after, Doni saw Yulianto and Devi being carried by officers and rescued out of the stadium, then taken to Teja Husada Hospital, Malang Regency.

Based on his estimation, Yulianto and Devi died because they were pressed and trampled by other fans who wanted to get out of the stadium. Things got worse because both of them also inhaled tear gas.

"It is possible that my brother fell from the steps of the stands. His face was already pale blue. He asked the police for help and survived," said Doni.

Alfiansyah was safe, but his world collapsed when he saw his parents arrived home as corpses.

"The bodies arrived home around dawn. According to the plan, they will be buried at Mergan TPU (Malang City) in one grave," Doni concluded.(*)