Rohingya migrants at shelter in Indonesia recount their experience | AFP

Nearly 300 Rohingya migrants have been sheltered in Lhokseumawe in Indonesia’s Aceh province after traveling at sea for about seven months, according to the United Nations refugee agency.

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Stranded Rohingya migrants reach Indonesia, undergo Covid-19 tests | AFP

Nearly 300 Rohingya migrants underwent preliminary health checks and screening for Covid 19 in Aceh, Indonesia, after reaching shore early this morning. The group claims to have been at sea for seven months, the United Nations refugee agency said, in one of the biggest such landings by the persecuted Myanmar minority in years.

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Thousands pray at Indonesian mosque despite coronavirus warnings | AFP

Several thousand worshippers in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province hold prayers at the Baiturrahman Grand Mosque on the eve of Ramadan. The national government advised people to pray at home over coronavirus concerns — advice rejected by Aceh’s top islamic organisation.

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Cannabis coffee: Indonesia’s Sharia stronghold sidesteps drug ban | AFP

Marijuana coffee is a hit with locals in Indonesia’s Aceh province and buyers in other parts of the Southeast Asian archipelago, who pay 1.0 million rupiah ($75) for a kilo of it. But this is risky business in Aceh, where even drinking alcohol or kissing in public can earn you a painful whipping under its strict Islamic law.

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Indonesia province unveils new female flogging squad | AFP

In Aceh, the only region in Indonesia that imposes Islamic law, flogging remains a common punishment for a range of offences, including gambling, adultery, drinking alcohol, and having gay or pre-marital sex. Local government says it’s trying to honour Islamic law by calling for more women to whip female perpetrators. N°1NR5ZYN°1OG742

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Tsunamis | AFP Animé

Thousands of mourners flocked to mass graves Thursday in Indonesia’s Aceh province to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, one of the worst natural disasters in history. Videographic on tsunamis.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Wild elephant expelled from Indonesian village

With the help of tame elephants, Indonesia conservation officers expel a wild elephant from a village in Aceh in the island of Sumatra in a six-day operation. The wild animal, which had kept marauding the village for four years, damaging crops and houses, is released in a natural forest where it is hoped to rejoin other wild elephants.

Rohingya migrant boat lands in Indonesia: official

A group of 20 men believed to be Rohingya migrants has arrived in the Indonesian province of Aceh in a rickety wooden boat, according to a local official. The migrants are the latest group of the vulnerable Myanmar minority to reach the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation. IMAGES

VICE Founder Suroosh Alvi Investigates Life Under Sharia Law – VICE on HBO

In Aceh, Sharia rules all. In this Indonesian province, hardliners began enforcing Islamic law in the wake of the devastating 2004 tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people, telling the survivors that it was the wrath of God punishing them for their sins. Today, Sharia police roam the streets busting gamblers, drinkers, and adulterers, and sending them off to be publicly caned by “executioners.”

VICE founder Suroosh Alvi travels to Aceh and across Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, to experience Sharia up close and investigate its correlation to terrorism, as well as meet those who are fighting back against it.

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‘Dance of Thousand Hands’: 10,001 Indonesians break Saman dance record, wow audience

Indonesian Acehnese men broke the national record on Sunday for the largest Saman dance performed simultaneously by men. 10,001 people turned up to Indonesia’s district of Gayo in Aceh to stage a record-breaking song and dance.
Saman dance or ‘the dance of thousand hands’ was recognized by UNESCO in 2011 as part of Indonesia’s cultural heritage.

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Crowds Cheer As Gay Men Are Caned in Indonesia (HBO)

Two men were lashed in Aceh as punishment for having gay sex. They received the highest number of lashes ever. It comes in the same week that 141 men were arrested in Jakarta on suspicion of holding a gay sex party.

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Dozens of buildings collapse after 6.5 quake in Indonesia

More than 20 people have been killed and many are feared trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings after a powerful 6.5 earthquake struck off Aceh province on Indonesia’s Sumatra island.
While no tsunami warning was issued, the powerful earthquake caused heavy structural damage, with reports of casualties coming in.

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