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a people in Indonesia living in the northern part of the island of Sumatra, in the region of the former sultanate of Achin. In 1967 the population was estimated at 1.7 million.

The Achinese language, a member of the Indonesian group, is spoken. The religion is Islam. The chief occupation is the farming of rice, black pepper, coconut, rubber plants, and so on. Native crafts include weaving, plaiting of mats, metal-working, and boat building. The Achinese have a literature that is rich and original.


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But two years after the tsunami struck, the poorest Acehnese - squatters, renters and women - are still facing a crisis over when and where they will be resettled.
Open to foreign influences, the Acehnese have nonetheless been fiercely independent-minded.
Caption: Acehnese residents pray in front of the Baiturrahman mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Aug.
An Acehnese worker assembles houses for tsunami victims in Khaju village, Banda Aceh, Indonesia
The Acehnese live by shariah law and they are one of the most religious people in all of Indonesia.
Both Hotli and Nani told me that many Acehnese men and women were being harassed, scolded, beaten and even killed by Indonesian soldiers.
Originally, the Acehnese fought the Dutch and now they are fighting the national Indonesian government in Jakarta.
Meanwhile, government and Acehnese rebel negotiators cut short cease-fire talks, bringing more uncertainty to the safety of relief efforts.
Hope for the; future: Seven; new-born Acehnese babies sleep peacefully on a bed in a packed military hospital in the devastated region of Banda Aceh yesterday
The Acehnese developed a rich culture, one of whose distinctive features are texts and oral recitals called hikayat, many of which are in verse form.