War in the Peace Zone?

There were two explosions, and they were close enough to send the women of Simpang Keramat village in northern Aceh scurrying for cover with their infants. Ironically, the women had been describing to me how the Dec. 9 cease-fire between the Indonesian armed forces and Acehnese separatist rebels had brought five months of unprecedented calm to Simpang Keramat, which lies in one of six "peace zones" established in Aceh province after that agreement. For Mariani, a 35-year-old schoolteacher and mother of three, this had enabled her to travel safely to the hospital in the nearby town of Lhokseumawe to seek treatment...

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