Friday, November 8, 2013

Yesterday was the anniversary of the death of a hero

Cut Nyak Dhien, depicted on a 1998 series 10,000 rupiah banknote

Cut Nyak Dhien (Tjoet Nja' Dhien: 1850 – November 6, 1908) was a leader of the Acehnese guerrilla forces during the Aceh War. Following the death of her husband Teuku Umar, she led guerrilla actions against the Dutch for 25 years. She was captured in 1901 and exiled to West Java because the Dutch were afraid she would once more mobilize the resistance of Aceh people. Her daughter, however, escaped and continued to assist the resistance.

She was posthumously awarded the title of National Hero of Indonesia on May 2, 1964 by the Indonesian government.

She is also the hero of many young women in Aceh, including Qori Sandioriva, Miss Indonesia 2009, who represented Aceh without wearing the headscarf demanded by extremists (you go, Qori!)

Ramon dan Qory (Foto: Rama/Okezone)

Maybe she and actor Ramon Tungka would like to be JMD’s celebrity sponsors?????

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