Betty Chan is trying to explain to her children why they have to start a new life in a new country. Terrified of falling victim to anti-Chinese violence during Monday's Indonesian Independence Day celebrations, she has brought her son and three daughters to safety in Hong Kong. The threat to the Jakarta businesswoman and her relatives was clarified by Indonesians who said they were 'merely taking a rest' from rioting before National Day, said Mrs Chan, who reached Hong Kong on Wednesday but is too frightened to give her real name or have her picture taken. Some of Mrs Chan's relatives were killed in last May's violence and she estimates she lost $10 million with the destruction of her factories. 'We heard they are going to do it again on the 17th,' said Mrs Chan, who is in her 40s. 'Indonesia was my home, and I would never have believed that such terrible things could happen there but the real situation is even worse than the reports. 'People were killed right outside our house, some had their heads slashed by the looters. . . . Chinese women dared not leave their houses. If the rioters saw you on the streets, they would rape you.' In June, Mrs Chan's family retreated to Singapore for two months, returning to Indonesia to retrieve cash and gold. Her husband is still in Indonesia but will come to Hong Kong in two days. They are considering emigrating to Singapore.