Teungku Meulaboh’s Safe House
Umi Hanisah is the first woman in Aceh to found and lead an Islamic boarding school. At her school, children victims of sexual and domestic violence as well as armed conflict find refuge.
ONE decade later, Hanisah can still repeat the heated shouts. One night in 2010, several residents of Meunasah Mancang village, West Aceh Regency, Aceh, forced Hanisah to leave the dayah (Islamic boarding school) that she built on October 10, 2000. “Umi, come down now, come down! The kid, too. She’s carrying a bastard child!” the villagers snarled at her.
At the time, Hanisah was sheltering a 13-year-old pregnant girl at Dayah...