Between 1998 and 2001, violent unrest and bloody fighting between Christians and Muslims in and around the town of Poso claimed more than two thousand lives. A peace deal signed in 2001 helped to stabilize the region, though tensions still occasionally boil over in sporadic attacks, including bombings and beheadings. Poso’s location means it is almost impossible to avoid at least passing through, and tourism is slowly growing in the area, but caution is still highly recommended. Check with your governement advisory website  for up-to date-information about the safety of the area.

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