Journal from the Ground
by Kelly Craft and Kari Krakow
9:00AM- We started our morning with
a rickshaw ride to a market. It is very dusty from the tsunami
so Baby Bear is wearing a mask.
4:00PM- The picture is of the power
plant that was for the village of Ule-Lheue. The tsunami brought
the floating plant that was 2 kilometers (1.4 miles) out in the sea to land
in the village of Punge. We happened to be there at the same
time as the famous actress Christing Hakim. She portrayed the
Achenese heroine, Cut Nyak Dhien, in a famous film.
We went to dinner with Saiful and a group of friends. We are amazed at
how Saiful makes connections between all of the different humanitarian
groups in order to further the effort to revitalize Aceh. The people
included: the founder of the People’s Crisis Center (PCC)-Juanda; a
member from Catholic Relief Service (CRS)-Henny; the Secretary of Aceh
Institute-Lukman; an assistant researcher in Peace Studies; and an
assistant researcher for the Oxford Center-Eva. Saiful met with these
group members until 1 in the morning. Saiful said that some of the best
minds of Aceh have been in political exile for the last few years
because of the military situation. One side effect of the tsunami is the
opening up of Banda Aceh to these intellectuals and NGOs.