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Suffering from Aceh Conflict
I had time to browse an Instagram account from one of the users. The photo above has been uploaded by that account. Suddenly I got an idea to immediately pour on this platform.
What do you think when you see this photo? Try to think about what is in the picture above. If you have ever felt life in the Aceh conflict, I am sure you will understand what I mean. The object that really caught my attention from the picture above was the head cover or helmet used by the father.
The conflict that has struck Aceh in the past has left various stories behind. Historically there are many important lessons that can be taken from the conflicts that have befallen Aceh. The Military Emergency Operations event seemed to still be in my mind when I saw the helmet used by the father.
When the big conflict that occurred in Aceh at that time I was still in the first grade of elementary school. It really was very long, but my shadow never escaped the incident. Right in 2002-2003 when gunfire hit the Aceh region. I have not been so mature to understand what was happening at that time. Sometimes the sound of gun eruptions is not what I understand.
At that time I only understood that; just looking for hiding places when there is a bullet eruption. I remember very well when the guest room of my house was neatly arranged with a pile of rice. The rice is neatly arranged to form a column. That is the place my father made to protect himself from bullets that fly freely. Night and morning felt so terrible. Many people in uniform with long-barreled firearms in their hands. Dozens of large tanks and cars paraded them around the village. That was terrible. At an age that is still not right to understand the meaning of what happened, as if I felt a very deep trauma.
There are many stories that leave a historical footprint of the Aceh conflict. Not to mention the story of grief experienced by some of my countrymen. Ahh, I don’t need to explain this to you. History has told all that. Regarding the truth, you can trace the trail directly from the person. In reality on the media itself we can see the true truth.
Cover of the numbered head
I think the head cover used by the father is one type of helmet that has been around long since the 90s. At that time the helmet made from plastic was often used by RBT. RBT is a term used for “ojek”. In other words, RBT is another name for “ojek” which provides human transport services.
The helmet that has no windshield cover is one of a thousand stories that fulfill the history of the Aceh conflict. When looking at its shape, of course the helmet is very much different from some types of helmets that we use today. Even I think it will be very difficult to find it. I never saw RBT again using that type of helmet. Maybe this is what is called the part of civilization.
In the era of the Aceh conflict, the helmet used by RBT was numbered on the back. The numbers listed with certain numbers were deliberately written using yellow paint. There were also several helmets at that time the number was green. The numbers listed on the helmet are written specifically as an identity of the vehicle owner. The number is also concerned, depending on each one who controls a particular area. Every person who works as an RBT is required to use a helmet with the number on the back.
In addition to the unique helmet, every owner of a motorized vehicle is also required to use a small red and white flag on the front of his motorcycle. Maybe it is a form that is applied to show the attitude of nationalism and love of the land of Air Indonesia.
That’s the story first, when all vehicles were full of red and white flags and the yard was covered with flagpoles. Everyone waved red and white. However, at this time there seems to be something different. When the commemoration of Independence Day seems like the flag is very difficult to get in front of houses. Only a few offices and certain shops raised the red and white flag. Is the nationalism of the people of Aceh now fading away? Don’t blame anyone, just ask who has made it happen and be part of this history.
Never mind … Just close your eyes and pretend not to know. Is that cruel?