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Traditional life in Aceh will stand or fall with special autonomy

Syafrizaldi

The Jakarta Post

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Aceh Besar, Aceh  /  Mon, December 16, 2019  /  02:53 pm
Traditional life in Aceh will stand or fall with special autonomy

For dinner: Alpaci shows off his catch of the day. (JP/Syafrizaldi)

The future of Aceh, a province that enjoys special autonomy, is at stake as its legislation is tailored to local traditions and culture, while its population is struggling to manage the region’s natural resources. Eight-year old Alpaci and 7-year old Putri Alisawere were soaked with mud, partly drying out on their backs. Their father was plowing his paddy field with a tractor. The two children followed him, collecting worms as bait for fishing in an irrigation ditch. Simple life: Alpaci and his sister, Putri, follow their father across a paddy field. (JP/Syafrizaldi) “Mother will cook the fish if we get it,” said Alpaci. Alpaci and Putri went further down to a bigger irrigation channel, where they were pushing a small fish into a corner without any tool, before catching it and putting it into a can. Ignoring the heat of the sun over the Mukim Lamteub...