Tuesday, February 01, 2005

ICIJ on narrow minded nationalism in Aceh aid

From: "Andre Verloy" averloy@icij.org
To: icijlist@lists.panix.com
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2005 3:45 PM


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Tensions are growing over the large international presence of military personnel and aid workers in the Aceh province of Indonesia, which was the hardest hit by the tsunami, reports ICIJ Indonesian member Andreas Harsono. Due to military operations against the Free Aceh Movement, foreigners have been mostly closed off from the Aceh province and are now allowed to return after the tsunami only to face distrust and a confusing disaster management system. Several Indonesian politicians are speaking up against the foreign presence in Aceh saying that it threatens Indonesia's sovereignty. Harsono explains that "A combination of nationalism, xenophobia and the inability of Indonesia to deal with Aceh's violent past, may work against the huge international relief effort at the expense of 800,000 homeless Acehnese." To read the full article, go to: http://www.ipsnews.net/new_nota.asp?idnews=27130

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