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Jan 15 2016

Gunfight in the heart of Jakarta

Police take cover. (AFP/Bay Ismoyo)

Police take cover. (AFP/Bay Ismoyo)

(AFP/Bay Ismoyo)



"I was reaching for my coffee when I heard the thump," writes Jakarta-based photographer Bay Ismoyo. "It didn’t sound like a blast. More like a heavy metal part falling to the ground. I thought it was a crash between cars, or something falling from the roof. So I left the coffee on the counter and ran outside."

"I have to confess that I’m still shocked to have seen this. It’s the first time that I see a gunfight between police and terrorists right in front of me like this, so close. And it was in downtown! It’s the heart of my city, very close to the palace, to the embassies. It shakes you up."

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Dec 30 2015

The 15 most-read stories in 2015

© AFP - 2015
© AFP - 2015

(AFP)


These were the 15 most-read stories in 2015 on our AFP Correspondent blog. We wish all our readers a happy New Year.


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Nov 13 2015

Fighting to inhale

A fisherman by the river in Palangkaraya in October. (AFP/Haris Sadikin)

A fisherman by the river in Palangkaraya in October. (AFP/Haris Sadikin)

(AFP /Haris Sadikin)



When she was asked if she wanted to go cover Southeast Asia's worst smog disaster in nearly two decades from ground zero, AFP's Jakarta correspondent Dessy Sagita wasn't so sure. Why go to a place where air pollution levels were soaring to up to ten times hazardous levels and a poisonous yellow smog hung over the land? 

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Jul 13 2015

Whipped by the sharia police

An Acehnese woman convicted for 'immoral acts' reacts after being lashed by a hooded local government officer during a public caning at a square in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, on June 12, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / Chaideer MAHYUDDIN) An Acehnese woman convicted for 'immoral acts' reacts after being lashed by a hooded local government officer during a public caning at a square in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, on June 12, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / Chaideer MAHYUDDIN)

(AFP Photo / Chaideer Mayhuddin)


"It's not clear if the caning itself was responsible for the young woman collapsing, or the trauma of being punished so publicly before an enormous crowd," writes Nurdin Hasan, an AFP correspondent in Aceh, the only province in Indonesia allowed to implement Islamic sharia law, where public canings for "immoral acts" have been on the rise.

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Jun 1 2015

‘Somehow, they made it’

Combination shows (TOP) Rohingya migrant Ronji, 21, and her six year old son on a boat drifting off Thailand on May 14, 2015 and (BOTTOM) at a camp in Indonesia's Aceh province on May 24, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / Chaideer MAHYUDDIN) Combination shows (TOP) Rohingya migrant Ronji, 21, and her six year old son on a boat drifting off Thailand on May 14, 2015 and (BOTTOM) at a camp in Indonesia's Aceh province on May 24, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / Chaideer MAHYUDDIN)

(AFP / Christophe Archambault / Chaideer Mahyuddin)


On May 14, AFP's Christophe Archambault photographed a boat adrift off the coast of Thailand with 400 starving migrants on board, most of them members of the persecuted Rohingya minority from Myanmar. A week later, the vessel reached the coast of Indonesia's Aceh province, where his photographer colleagues Romeo Gacad and Chaideer Mayhuddin were finally able to put names to the faces captured in his dramatic images.


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May 18 2015

Bolanita: Indonesia's women footballers

This photo taken in Jakarta on March 26, 2015 shows Vica Anyistiawati (L) dribbling the ball past Yulita Cyndi Anggraini of CSC (Cibubur Soccer Club) during a football training session in Jakarta. (AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY) This photo taken in Jakarta on March 26, 2015 shows Vica Anyistiawati (L) dribbling the ball past Yulita Cyndi Anggraini of CSC (Cibubur Soccer Club) during a football training session in Jakarta. (AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY)

(AFP / Adek Berry)


"The girls emerged one by one from the changing room, in red jerseys with numbers on their backs. But instead of jogging out to the football field, they ducked into a small mosque for afternoon prayers," writes the photographer Adek Berry. "When AFP asked me to shoot a reportage on female football in Indonesia, I jumped at the chance. But women footballers are no common sight in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation."

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Oct 15 2014

Indonesia je t'aime : a nervous farewell

An Indonesian woman speaks on a mobile phone held by a girl while riding a motorcycle in Jakarta during the evening rush hour traffic on January 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Romeo Gacad) An Indonesian woman speaks on a mobile phone held by a girl while riding a motorcycle in Jakarta during the evening rush hour traffic on January 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Romeo Gacad)

(AFP Photo / Romeo Gacad)


"I’ve watched nurses at a “health clinic” exhale cigarette smoke down a naked patient’s throat “to cure” her of emphysema", writes Angela Dewan, an AFP reporter based in Jakarta. "I’ve met women in Aceh, the only province to implement Islamic sharia law, forced to sit side-saddle on motorbikes because the city government decided straddling was “obscene” for women. I found myself taking beauty tips from a militant with links to Al Qaeda".

"After almost seven years trying to find the words to tell the outside world what’s happening in inside Indonesia, I still have these moments, where I need to pinch myself and remember I’m living in reality."

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