Young Blood

Khairurrazi Ismail was always going to die young. He said so himself. When his father passed away, the 18-year-old had wrapped the old man's body in a white cotton shroud, then taken the remaining material to his mother. "Keep this safe for me," he told her. "I'll need it soon." Sure enough, 17 days later, Khairurrazi's corpse was lowered into a muddy trench in a village cemetery in Peusangan, an area near Bireun in northern Aceh that has been ravaged by conflict since the Indonesian military last week launched its massive campaign to crush the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM). As...

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