Scramble to reach quake survivors in Aceh

A woman grieves over the body of her baby in an ambulance, one of the quake victims in Lampahan village. Photo: AFP

Rescuers battled through landslides and blocked roads yesterday to reach survivors from an earthquake in Indonesia's Aceh province that killed at least 24 people, including several children who died when a mosque collapsed.

Thursday, 4 July, 2013, 2:31am

Dozens injured as powerful quake hits Indonesia’s Aceh province

Earthquake victims receive medical treatment outside a community health center in Bener Meriah, Aceh province. Photo: AP

A powerful earthquake in Indonesia's Aceh province flattened buildings and sparked landslides yesterday, killing at least 11 people and injuring dozens in a region devastated by the quake-triggered tsunami of 2004.

3 Jul 2013 - 2:21am

120 Rohingya asylum seekers rescued by Indonesian fisherman

Rohingya refugees look out from a broken window at the immigration office in Lhok Seumawe, northern Aceh, Indonesia. Photo: EPA

The 121 Rohingya, including six women and two children, were found adrift late on Tuesday by fishermen around 25 kilometres from the village of Cot Trueng, on the northernmost tip of Sumatra island in Aceh province. "Their boat ran out of petrol as they tried to sail from Myanmar to Thailand," village chief Mukhtar Samsyah said, adding that they had fled Myanmar to escape sectarian conflict.

28 Feb 2013 - 5:26am

Briefs, January 8, 2013

Four Chinese nationals have been arrested in Indonesia for trying to smuggle parts of endangered hornbills and pangolins, likely for use in traditional medicine. Customs officers at Jakarta's international airport found the animal parts in the men's luggage, the Forestry Ministry said. The hornbill and pangolin parts were from Indonesian Borneo, where poaching is poorly controlled and rampant deforestation has put pressure on several endangered species. 

8 Jan 2013 - 4:11am

Tourists go wild for adventures

Adventure travel tours are gaining popularity, as well-travelled tourists seek different ways of exploring a country or region they might have visited.

The internet and travel forums have fuelled the growth of boutique specialist operators who are launching innovative tours spanning the gamut of interests from rock climbing to trekking, kayaking and cycling.

3 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Charity mystified by Aceh grenade attack

An international NGO has become the target of a grenade attack in the former conflict-ridden province of Aceh, where violent crime has increased sharply in the past few months.

The office of Save the Children in Bireuen, on the province's east coast, sustained minor damage when the hand grenade exploded at its building on Wednesday.

17 May 2008 - 12:00am

Kidnappers free five Chinese citizens held captive in Aceh

Armed criminals have released five Chinese citizens held captive for three days in the once restive province of Aceh, where violence has again escalated in recent months.

Aceh police Brigadier Yusuf said the five were released yesterday morning.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Power struggle erupts in violence

In early March, a 100-strong mob torched an office of the Aceh Transitional Commission, the body created to succeed GAM.

The attack, which took place in the remote Atu Lintang area, left six people dead and was the deadliest since the 2005 peace deal brought an end to decades of fighting between separatists and government troops.

28 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Rebel rousers

When he took power more than a year ago, Irwandi Yusuf knew that his job was going to be tough. But talking in his office in Banda Aceh, the governor of the embattled Indonesian province acknowledged that the task was not getting any easier.

'I know the job better now, but my support base is getting more and more disobedient,' he said.

28 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Splitting Aceh would renew conflict, former rebel says

Analysts and a former rebel in Aceh fear there could be renewed conflict as lawmakers in Jakarta debate whether to divide the once war-torn region into smaller provinces.

25 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Welcome to wonderful Aceh, land of sun, sand - and canings

'Visit Aceh - see sharia law in action, including public canings.'

It is not your standard tourist billboard but one that the head of Aceh's tourism department believes could be used to market the region as a holiday destination, if his recent comments are anything to go by.

24 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Bombs shake fragile Aceh peace

A struggle for post-war political and economic control of the resource-rich province of Aceh could be behind a spate of bombings that have raised tensions in the troubled region over the past few months.

4 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Fresh horizons

On May 18, 1999, amid ongoing violence in Indonesia's strife-torn province of Aceh, the Indonesian military (TNI) declared the young student Aguswandi, then a human rights activist, an enemy of the state. At the time, Aceh was riven by clashes between the TNI and rebels fighting for independence under the banner of Gerakan Aceh Merdeka (GAM).

12 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Soap stars turn to real life drama to ease mental scars of Aceh's war

Aceh-born Gense and Burhan, who like most Indonesians have only one name, are best known for their roles as soap stars.

But today, the two actors will drop the love and betrayal themes of the soaps to perform in their native turf in a drama about mental illnesses caused by war, a problem that cuts deep into the province where a 30-year conflict ended in August 2005.

10 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

A false dawn

It is late evening in Banda Aceh's Jalan Simpang Surabaya and the place is buzzing. Dozens of food stalls and coffee shops are open, catering to locals who regularly meet here after work. Chicken satay and fried rice seem to be the favourites among the mostly men who come and go until the predawn prayer.

14 Feb 2007 - 12:00am