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Statement by Ichiro Iwai, Nara Machizukuri Centre

Aceh region has a long and brilliant history as an exchange point between the East and the West. Islamic culture was first introduced to this region from the Middle East and spread over the Southeast Asia.

The earthquake and the tsunami completely destroyed Aceh coastal region and many thousands of people fell victim.

The heritage of Aceh is in crisis after the disaster. Conserving and restoring heritage is very important in the process of recovery, and should be considered together with humanitarian issues. Saving heritage is very essential for the psychological support of the disaster victims, to provide moral encouragement and help them recover their pride.

The respect for multi-cultural heritage is the key to the interchange and the co-existence among different ethnic groups. It is therefore very important for Japanese NPOs and other organisations to support the heritage conservation activities in Aceh for the above reasons. Aceh historically had a strong relationship with Penang and this is evident in Acheen Street and the mosque quarter in George Town.

As one Acehnese Wiratmadinata said in an interview, "There are no reports about this because nobody's thinking about buildings or arts," he said, "I care. I am Acehnese, I don't want to lose my identity."

Ichiro Iwai
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