Reintegrating ex-combatants in Aceh, Indonesia

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guerilla tours in Aceh, Indonesia

guerilla tours in Aceh, Indonesia

Three and a half years after a deal ended 30 years of a bloody independence war in the western Indonesian province of Aceh, ex-rebels are still struggling to make a living. The peace agreement signed between the Free Aceh Movement, or GAM, and the Indonesian Government in 2005, paved the way for the reintegration of 3,000 ex-combatants. As observers worry over the rise of petty crime in the ex-rebels’ ranks, one original project is making a difference by tapping into their troubled past. Our correspondent Sophie Boudre reports.

The people of Afghanistan now battle a new force – a food crisis

Afghans face food insecurity

Afghans face food insecurity

Being under siege has become a way of life for people in Afghanistan. But now they are battling with a new force -the crisis of food. Sarah Crowe of UNICEF reports that for Afghans, violence has hit home hard and they are feeling it in their pockets, as well as in their stomachs.

Noeleen Heyzer of ESCAP comments on the recent Asian conference on financing, food and energy

 Noeleen HeyzerAsia and the Pacific need urgent, comprehensive and coordinated action to deal with the food, energy and financial crisis and climate change. That was one of the key messages coming from a high level meeting which recently took place in Bali, Indonesia. The conference noted that it was imperative to find strategies and solutions to prevent the present crisis from becoming a development emergency. Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and head of ESCAP, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, attended and told Gerry Adams her thoughts.

Producer: Gerry Adams
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