When “Apa Dollah” Throws Soldiers with Milkfish [A Story]

Taufik Al Mubarak
6 min readJun 24, 2021

This story is inspired by a true story that happened in Aceh when the area nicknamed the Veranda of Mecca was imposed with the status of a Military Operations Area (DOM).

The scenery in my hometown. [private collection]

IF there is a story that still makes me laugh out loud to this day, then it is the story about Apa Dollah (not real name). It’s just that lately I’ve never laughed at his ‘silliness’ again…