With the exception of the province of Aceh where in May 2003 the government launched a huge military operation and imposed martial law, most of Indonesia’s former hot spots are now in a post-conflict recovery phase. The crackdown in Aceh, which ended a five month-long peace agreement with rebels from the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), has led to the government effectively sealing off the province to foreign aid workers.
13 November 2003 | Country Profile
Despite persistent tension in Indonesia's conflict areas, large numbers of displaced people have returned to their homes since mid-2002 owing to relative stability in the country. The total number of IDPs is now 700,000, down from an estimated 1.3 million in summer 2002. The returnees are struggling to rebuild their lives, while many others displaced cannot return due to continued insecurity.
21 May 2003 | Country Profile