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A New Dawn

Aris Ananta and Lee Poh Onn

Publication Year: 2007

The tsunami that hit Aceh on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, on 26 December 2004 was a natural disaster of historic proportions. This book examines some issues faced by the people in the province of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam after the tsunami. The focus is not only on the areas affected by the natural disaster, but also the areas torn by internal conflict. The tsunami was a catalyst for a new beginning for both prosperity and peace. The authors of this book are researchers at ISEAS, except Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, who is the Director of the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency in Banda Aceh. The volume will appeal to readers wanting a quick sweep of some important sustainable development issues in Aceh, a society hit by both tsunami and internal conflict.

Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute


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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-viii

The Asian tsunami of 2004 was one of the deadliest disasters in modern history. It caused unprecedented death and destruction, and suffering to the people of the affected...

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Message from Pieter Feith

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pp. ix-x

Even though the first contacts between the parties in the Aceh conflict had already taken place when the December 2004 tsunami struck, the disaster brought new urgency...

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Message from the Director

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pp. xi-xii

The study of Indonesia has remained one the most important focal points at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. In this context, the regional autonomy policies implemented...

The Contributors

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p. xiii

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pp. 1-6

Well-known for its beautiful beaches, West Aceh faces the Indian Ocean. It is in the province of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD) located on the northern tip...

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1. Civil War, Conflicts and Natural Disasters

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pp. 7-14

The tsunami that hit Aceh on 26 December 2004 was a natural disaster of historic proportions. More than 170,000 people lost their lives. Great swathes of coastline were submerged and mauled by the earthquake and subsequent giant black waves that hit without warning...

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2. The Population and Conflicts

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pp. 15-34

The province of NAD (Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam) is one of the most resourcerich provinces in Indonesia. In 2003, natural resources (oil, gas, and their products) contributed about 30.0 per cent of the province’s gross regional domestic product.2 The...

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3. Recovery and Reconstruction

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pp. 35-52

When the tsunami struck in December 2004, many areas were devastated. This was especially so in the western parts of Aceh where the port and inland roads were completely destroyed. The only way to transport medical facilities and food was by air. This was initially undertaken by...

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4. The Women of Aceh

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pp. 53-64

As described in Chapter II, the province of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD) had a larger female than male population even after the tsunami. This is partly because many men among the Acehnese had either migrated or died in the ongoing conflict...

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5. Meulaboh

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pp. 65-100

The role of Singapore agencies1 in aiding victims of the tsunami in Aceh, in the relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction process of the region involved participation by the people of Singapore at many levels: government to government, non-government to nongovernment, and...

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Concluding Remarks

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pp. 101-106

Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD) is one of the resource-rich provinces in Indonesia. Yet, the poverty rate was as high as 29.76 per cent in 2003. It was also a region where political and armed conflicts between GAM (Gerakan Aceh Merdeka, or Free...


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pp. 107-111

E-ISBN-13: 9789812305749
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812303950

Page Count: 112
Publication Year: 2007

Edition: 1

OCLC Number: 527383139
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Aceh

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  • Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (Indonesia).
  • Tsunamis -- Indonesia -- Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam.
  • Disaster relief -- Indonesia -- Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam.
  • Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2004.
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