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The Daily Star Located on the westernmost side of Indonesia, the province of Aceh has gained a reputation for conflict since the Free Aceh Movement (Gerakan Aceh Merdeka, widely known as GAM) took up arms in 1974 in an attempt to secede from
He also endorsed Aceh's democratisation and the recreation of GAM as a democratic political party. Hasan Muhammad di Tiro was born on August 25, 1925, in the village of Tiro, in Aceh, and came from a long line of Muslim religious scholars. He was the
E verywhere I walked in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, I was met with the same greeting: “Hello! NGO!” The locals said it with a smile and a sing-song cadence, safe in the assumption that I, like most Westerners in the area, worked for one of the numerous
Five years after the tsunami struck Indonesia, reconstruction in the hardest-hit province of Aceh is being hailed as a success story, although officials say key challenges persist. Many of the tsunami survivors in Aceh, where an estimated 160,000
On 26 December, 2004, a magnitude 9.15 earthquake struck off Indonesia’s Aceh Province on Sumatra island. See photo gallery The earthquake moved a 1,200-km section of the sea floor, releasing energy equivalent to 550 million Hiroshima atomic
April 06, 2009 When Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono flew to London for this week's G20 summit, he had to ask the EU's permission to travel on Garuda airlines because the national carrier is banned from its airspace on safety grounds.