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Nine churches and six Buddhist temples shut down under Islamist pressure in Banda Aceh
For the city's deputy mayor, the buildings were not being properly used. They lacked the proper building permit and were used for "unlawful" purposes. She pledged greater monitoring of minority activities. Local sources say that the crackdown is the result of threats from extremist groups. FPI now wants other cities and towns to do the same.
Jakarta lifts Aceh emergency rule
Tsunami: Reconstruction in Aceh and Nias Island blocked by corruption
More than 97 billion rupiahs disappear in the pockets of government officials, Christians on Nias Island complain that housing and infrastructures have not been rebuilt. Today a sombre ceremony will mark the 167,000 people who died in the tragedy.
Famine haunts the population of Simeuleu Island
The island lacks food, drinking water and medicines. In Banda Aceh makeshift shelters are being built out of tsunami rubble.
Aceh gives a hero’s welcome to former ‘Enemy Number 1’ Hasan Tiro
After almost 30 years of exile, the leader of the Free Aceh Movement sets foot on his native soil, given a hero’s welcome by citizens and local government authorities alike. In his speech he stresses the value of “peace’ and “liberty” urging the last rebel forces to give up their weapons.
No government aid for Christian Dalit in 2005 budget
The Indian government's economic plan includes aid for young Muslims, but nothing for young Christians. Help is needed to fight poverty among Christian Dalit and Tribals, says John Dayal.
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