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Jakarta Post

For Acehnese, peace dividend not yet fully realized

  • Nani Afrida

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, February 29 2012   /  10:42 am

This is the last of three reports on development in Aceh seven years after the devastating tsunami and the end to around 30 years of bloody separatist conflict. The Jakarta Post’s Nani Afrida explores how the province is struggling to capitalize on the momentum to develop its economy.

Catch of the day: Fishermen come ashore in Sawang district, South Aceh. Creating sustainable employment remains a major challenge for Aceh administration as investment seems hard to come by. AntaraAround eight years ago, the remote Tiro district in Pidie regency, Aceh, was known for little other than being the center of a separatist conflict between the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) separatist group.

Getting there involved a painstaking journey along a partially flooded road with numerous checkpoints manned by the TNI.

Located more than 125 kilometers f...