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Wednesday, 16 October, 2002, 12:42 GMT 13:42 UK
Bali's youth in shock
Balinese lay wreaths in honour of the victims
Many could not believe that terrorists had struck Bali
The bomb attack that blew up a nightclub in Bali has shocked the once-peaceful island - and caused many young Balinese to reconsider their futures.

The blast has all but destroyed the tourist industry in Bali - the island's economic lifeline - with tour operators cancelling trips and foreign tourists packing up to leave after the blast.


Right now, I do not know what I can say. I am very sad - every time if I see it on television, I always cry

Trishna,
Balinese student

Many young Balinese were looking forward to making careers working in tourism, but now have no idea what to do.

Dweepa, who has been working for Bali Adventure Tours for the past three months, told Jonathan Head on the BBC's World Today programme that he felt he had no future.

"I am personally considering probably other things I can do ... I am really ashamed, embarrassed to be an Indonesian after all that has happened in the last days ...

"I have been listening to the radio all the time, I read the papers, and so many things have happened, with no remedies. It's just frustrating for me, being a young a person and it seems I have no future."

'Tourism is dead'

Trishna, a Balinese student, said she had been in shock at the news: "I cannot believe it happened in Bali.

"Right now, I do not know what I can say. I am very sad - every time if I see it on television, I always cry."

She said she did not know what she would do next year when she graduated from school.

"It's very difficult to get a job... now tourism is dead."

Balinese women pray at the bomb site
Many Balinese are among the dead

Trishna said her family did not want her go outside, for fear of another bomb.

"My friends are very afraid to go anywhere because they are afraid a bomb will [explode] everywhere."

Asked what Balinese people thought of being part of Indonesia, whose past violence had until last weekend not spread to Bali, Dweepa said many felt that their island had developed too fast.

"We're not really ready for what has been happening here, with all the development here," he said, although he acknowledged that the changes have meant jobs for Balinese people.

"For us, being native Balinese, we would like Bali to be more like 20 years ago - more native, more natural, everything's pure."

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