15 December 2010 |

Indonesia/Central Sulawesi: IDP return and recovery hampered by persistent tensions, land disputes and limited access to livelihoods

From the end of 1998 to 2002 there were several waves of conflict in the province of Central Sulawesi between Christians and Muslims. The cause lay in competition for land, employment and political influence at a time when post-Suharto Indonesia was in the early stages of democratic transition and decentralisation. The government was slow to respond and the arrival of Islamic militants from elsewhere in Indonesia frustrated efforts to contain the conflict. Despatch of additional military and police personnel in 2001 eventually ended most of the violence and displacement.

 

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