In 72 hours, so much could be lost.
In less than 72 hours, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan may be executed. The official notice has been given. From any time after Tuesday, without warning, they could be blindfolded and then led to a yard where they will be shot.
Two lives, ended. Not through a tragic act of nature, like the earthquake in Nepal. Not in a random attack or through negligence or in war. But at the behest of a government who refuses to believe that these men’s lives have value.
But their lives do have value. So much will be lost if their lives are taken.
Mothers will lose their sons. They will lose their boys who were once part of their bodies and forever a part of their souls.
Siblings will lose their brothers, the people who should have always been there to lift them up and stand tall beside them. They will be gone.
A fiancée will lose her love. Febyanti Herewila will never be Andrew Chan’s bride. He will be lost to her.
A congregation will lose their pastor. If Andrew Chan dies, they will not only lose their spiritual adviser – they will also lose a man who is living the deepest tenets of their faith: a belief in the power of divine forgiveness and that a man can be redeemed, no matter what his crimes.
Fellow prisoners will lose their role models and their friends. Those same prisoners will also lose their motivation to reform and their desire to be rehabilitated, because they now know that it means so very little.