Chris Stowers

Aceh Province, Sumatra, INDONESIA

The Religious Police (the Wilayatul Hisbah) patrol the seafront of Uleeleh Port in their official vehicle, playing out a taped message warning couples not to mix unless they are married or engaged. Following a peace deal with the central government Aceh is now classified as a Special Region and life is recovering after the devastation inflicted by the 26 December 2004 tsunami and decades of armed conflict. Tourism, agriculture and its own natural resources are driving the economy of the region which is the first in the mainly religiously moderate archipelago to formally instigate Sharia Law.

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Chris Stowers
Aceh Province, Sumatra
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