Muslim students at a boarding school wash themselves before praying in Banda Aceh
Muslim students at a boarding school wash themselves before praying in Banda Aceh December 12, 2012. Most of the students of the Islamic Markaz Al Ishlah Al Aziziyah boarding school are orphans whose parents died in Aceh's decades-long conflict and devastating 2004 tsunami. Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation, but nowhere is the faith more strictly interpreted than in Aceh, sometimes referred to as the "verandah of Mecca" because it was one of the first parts of the archipelago to turn to Islam. Aceh is Indonesia's only province to have implemented sharia, or Islamic laws. Picture taken December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (INDONESIA - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY RELIGION)
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