BANGKOK — Tranquility is hardly the norm in Aceh. This coastal Indonesian province has suffered more than a century of trouble: Dutch colonial warfare, a bloody insurgency, and a horrific 2004 tsunami. Recent years have offered a reprieve, arising from the tsunami wreckage. But but this relative peace is now threatened by political violence.
BANDA ACEH — Little connects Indonesia’s Aceh province, palm studded and poor, to the sometimes-frosty, first-world prefecture of Tohoku, Japan. But both are linked by a shared horror: colossal tsunami waves.
MEULABOH, Indonesia — To the international media, Meri is a "Christmas miracle" who arrived home just before the tsunami's seventh anniversary. But to her family, Meri is equal parts miracle and mystery.