Coosje Ayal, born in 1926 in the Moluccas, Western New Guinea, became a notable figure for her resistance efforts during World War II. Adopted by her aunt and uncle, who was a civil servant of the Dutch colonial government, she attended a Dutch school and learned the language. When the Japanese invaded the Dutch East Indies, her uncle was tasked with hiding supplies in the jungle. Ayal, at the age of sixteen, joined a guerrilla group led by KNIL Captain Geeroms, surviving in the jungle for thirty months.
Coosje followed a nurse’s training in Brisbane, Australia, as an infantrywoman in the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Women’s Corps and she was promoted to corporal. In Brisbane she also met the Dutch Caribbean soldier Henry Evers, whom she married in 1947.
In the pdf below the full story of the heroine is told by Ellen Lock and was published in September 2012 in the SVB/PUR-magazine Aanspraak, Leiden, the Netherlands.
Coosje’s story also appears in Ellen Lock’s short story collection.