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INDONESIA Anik Mawarni Mahalijah, a tsunami survivor who lost many members of her family. Photograph taken in Meulaboh, Aceh Province mid-December 2006, 2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour. In background is a generator ship which was washed several kms inland by the tsunami and is being left as a monument to the disaster. Anik’s testimony: "The earthquake which caused theTsunami struck around 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning. I was at home with my mother and father at the time. My husband was in his shop selling motor oil. My daughter was on the beach with my auntie. We went to get my daughter and brought her to our house, which is about 4 km from the sea. Then we heard a sound like 1000 trucks and saw the water rushing towards us. We all ran, holding hands, and there was chaos everywhere. People all ran different ways, as the water caught up to us and rushed over our backs. We were washed along to a wall, where we managed to climb onto a roof from where we saw the sea carrying trees, whole houses and dead people along. Many cried for help but there was nothing we could do. After half an hour we found my mother and father safe, but we couldnt return to our house because of all the debris. We went to a hill nearby and stayed a month there with other victims. At first I thought Id never return to the village, out of fear. I cried every day afterwards for a long time. I lost 120 members of my extended family, in all."
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INDONESIA Anik Mawarni Mahalijah,  a tsunami survivor who lost many members of her family. Photograph taken in Meulaboh,  Aceh Province mid-December 2006,  2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour. In background is a generator ship which was washed several kms inland by the tsunami and is being left as a monument to the disaster.  Anik's testimony: "The earthquake which caused theTsunami struck around 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning. I was at home with my mother and father at the time. My husband was in his shop selling motor oil. My daughter was on the beach with my auntie. We went to get my daughter and brought her to our house,  which is about 4 km from the sea. Then we heard a sound like 1000 trucks and saw the water rushing towards us.  We all ran,  holding hands,  and there was chaos everywhere.  People all ran different ways,  as the water caught up to us and rushed over our backs.  We were washed along to a wall,  where we managed to climb onto a roof from where we saw the sea carrying trees,  whole houses and dead people along. Many cried for help but there was nothing we could do. After half an hour we found my mother and father safe,  but we couldnt return to our house because of all the debris. We went to a hill nearby and stayed a month there with other victims.  At first I thought Id never return to the village,  out of fear. I cried every day afterwards for a long time. I lost 120 members of my extended family,  in all."   stock photo

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INDONESIA New house constructed for 22-year-old Hafsah Hanim after tsunami by CRS. She lives there with her 18 month old boy,  Hafis Al Fairus.   Photograph taken in Banda Aceh,  mid-December 2006,  2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour.  Hafsah’s testimony: "I lost my husband to the Tsunami,  while I was 3 months pregnant . He was taking someone to the hospital at the time,  and I never saw him again. I ran for my life,  with many other people,  to the mountain nearby,  while the wave pursued us. When we got to the mountain top,  there were about another 1000 people sheltering up there.  We had no food,  and only coconuts to drink,  and stayed up there 4 days. I lost 8 members of my family. We have been in our new house a few months,  and survive by doing laundry."   stock photo
06id107 - INDONESIA New house constructed for 22-year-old Hafsah Hanim after tsunami by CRS. She lives there with her 18 month old boy, Hafis Al Fairus. Photograph taken in Banda Aceh, mid-December 2006, 2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour. Hafsah’s testimony: "I lost my husband to the Tsunami, while I was 3 months pregnant . He was taking someone to the hospital at the time, and I never saw him again. I ran for my life, with many other people, to the mountain nearby, while the wave pursued us. When we got to the mountain top, there were about another 1000 people sheltering up there. We had no food, and only coconuts to drink, and stayed up there 4 days. I lost 8 members of my family. We have been in our new house a few months, and survive by doing laundry."
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INDONESIA New house constructed for 22-year-old Hafsah Hanim after tsunami by CRS. She lives there with her 18 month old boy,  Hafis Al Fairus.   Photograph taken in Banda Aceh,  mid-December 2006,  2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour.  Hafsah’s testimony: "I lost my husband to the Tsunami,  while I was 3 months pregnant . He was taking someone to the hospital at the time,  and I never saw him again. I ran for my life,  with many other people,  to the mountain nearby,  while the wave pursued us. When we got to the mountain top,  there were about another 1000 people sheltering up there.  We had no food,  and only coconuts to drink,  and stayed up there 4 days. I lost 8 members of my family. We have been in our new house a few months,  and survive by doing laundry."   stock photo
06id108 - INDONESIA New house constructed for 22-year-old Hafsah Hanim after tsunami by CRS. She lives there with her 18 month old boy, Hafis Al Fairus. Photograph taken in Banda Aceh, mid-December 2006, 2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour. Hafsah’s testimony: "I lost my husband to the Tsunami, while I was 3 months pregnant . He was taking someone to the hospital at the time, and I never saw him again. I ran for my life, with many other people, to the mountain nearby, while the wave pursued us. When we got to the mountain top, there were about another 1000 people sheltering up there. We had no food, and only coconuts to drink, and stayed up there 4 days. I lost 8 members of my family. We have been in our new house a few months, and survive by doing laundry."
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INDONESIA New house constructed for 22-year-old Hafsah Hanim after tsunami by CRS. She lives there with her 18 month old boy,  Hafis Al Fairus.   Photograph taken in Banda Aceh,  mid-December 2006,  2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour.  Hafsah’s testimony: "I lost my husband to the Tsunami,  while I was 3 months pregnant . He was taking someone to the hospital at the time,  and I never saw him again. I ran for my life,  with many other people,  to the mountain nearby,  while the wave pursued us. When we got to the mountain top,  there were about another 1000 people sheltering up there.  We had no food,  and only coconuts to drink,  and stayed up there 4 days. I lost 8 members of my family. We have been in our new house a few months,  and survive by doing laundry."   stock photo
06id109 - INDONESIA New house constructed for 22-year-old Hafsah Hanim after tsunami by CRS. She lives there with her 18 month old boy, Hafis Al Fairus. Photograph taken in Banda Aceh, mid-December 2006, 2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour. Hafsah’s testimony: "I lost my husband to the Tsunami, while I was 3 months pregnant . He was taking someone to the hospital at the time, and I never saw him again. I ran for my life, with many other people, to the mountain nearby, while the wave pursued us. When we got to the mountain top, there were about another 1000 people sheltering up there. We had no food, and only coconuts to drink, and stayed up there 4 days. I lost 8 members of my family. We have been in our new house a few months, and survive by doing laundry."
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INDONESIA 20-year-old Hendry is a young driver and survivor of the tsunami. Photograph taken in Meulaboh,  Aceh Province mid-December 2006,  2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour.  Hendry’s testimony: "Our vans leave every hour until 8 pm. I was in this terminal when the Tsunami struck. At first we felt the earthquake,  but didnt know that water would follow,  15 minutes later.  We just sat here after the earthquake,  then started to hear people screaming and running towards us from the beach. We got up and ran too,  and headed towards a hill nearby as we saw the water come flooding in. It has taken a long time to get over it,  but now life is back to normal again,  thank God!"   stock photo
06id031 - INDONESIA 20-year-old Hendry is a young driver and survivor of the tsunami. Photograph taken in Meulaboh, Aceh Province mid-December 2006, 2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour. Hendry’s testimony: "Our vans leave every hour until 8 pm. I was in this terminal when the Tsunami struck. At first we felt the earthquake, but didnt know that water would follow, 15 minutes later. We just sat here after the earthquake, then started to hear people screaming and running towards us from the beach. We got up and ran too, and headed towards a hill nearby as we saw the water come flooding in. It has taken a long time to get over it, but now life is back to normal again, thank God!"
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INDONESIA Father Ferdinando (right),  a Franciscan priest from Ravenna,  Italy,  has been pastorat the Catholic church in Banda Aceh  for 16 years,  and here talks to the engineer involved with repairing tsunami damage to his church. Photograph taken in Banda Aceh,  mid-December 2006,  2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour.  Father Ferdinando’s testimony after surviving the tsunami: "I was in Meulaboh on the 25th of December 2004,  then on the morning of the 26th,  at 8 a.m. I was standing at the bus station waiting to return to Banda when the earthquake struck. I stood in the road as it cracked up and it was very frightening. Along with many other people I ran to the roof of the mosque nearby to shelter from the waves. In half an hour it reached 4 meters. We saw the corpses of women and children float by. After 4 hours the water started to go down,  and we were able to walk to high ground. I stayed 4 days in Meulaboh as it was not possible to return to Banda. My friends in Banda were so worried about me,  they assumed the worst,  and a secular priest there had already said the last rites for me! Then I turned  up back in  Banda  -  Praise the Lord! All the columns of my church were cracked and had to be repaired".    Photograph taken in Banda Aceh,  mid-December 2006,  2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour.  stock photo
06id124 - INDONESIA Father Ferdinando (right), a Franciscan priest from Ravenna, Italy, has been pastorat the Catholic church in Banda Aceh for 16 years, and here talks to the engineer involved with repairing tsunami damage to his church. Photograph taken in Banda Aceh, mid-December 2006, 2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour. Father Ferdinando’s testimony after surviving the tsunami: "I was in Meulaboh on the 25th of December 2004, then on the morning of the 26th, at 8 a.m. I was standing at the bus station waiting to return to Banda when the earthquake struck. I stood in the road as it cracked up and it was very frightening. Along with many other people I ran to the roof of the mosque nearby to shelter from the waves. In half an hour it reached 4 meters. We saw the corpses of women and children float by. After 4 hours the water started to go down, and we were able to walk to high ground. I stayed 4 days in Meulaboh as it was not possible to return to Banda. My friends in Banda were so worried about me, they assumed the worst, and a secular priest there had already said the last rites for me! Then I turned up back in Banda - Praise the Lord! All the columns of my church were cracked and had to be repaired". Photograph taken in Banda Aceh, mid-December 2006, 2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour.
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INDONESIA Nurmala Nasyria (left) with family and friends,  Tsunami survivors of Kampong Belakang Panggong,  a low lying village beside the sea in Meulaboh. With newly constructed house. Photograph taken in Meulaboh,  Aceh Province mid-December 2006,  2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour.  Nurmalla’s testimony: "I lost my mother,  older sister and a nephew during the Tsunami. Fortunately my husband survived,  he was at sea fishing at the time and simply rode the waves. Most of our men folk were out at sea at the time,  and there was no problem for them. It is mostly the womenfolk and children who died during the Tsunami,  as they were at home.  My husbands side of the family lost 20 people. He is at sea right now,  fishing  -  otherwise thered be no dinner tonight!"   stock photo
06id063 - INDONESIA Nurmala Nasyria (left) with family and friends, Tsunami survivors of Kampong Belakang Panggong, a low lying village beside the sea in Meulaboh. With newly constructed house. Photograph taken in Meulaboh, Aceh Province mid-December 2006, 2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour. Nurmalla’s testimony: "I lost my mother, older sister and a nephew during the Tsunami. Fortunately my husband survived, he was at sea fishing at the time and simply rode the waves. Most of our men folk were out at sea at the time, and there was no problem for them. It is mostly the womenfolk and children who died during the Tsunami, as they were at home. My husbands side of the family lost 20 people. He is at sea right now, fishing - otherwise thered be no dinner tonight!"
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Keywords: INDONESIA Anik Mawarni Mahalijah tsunami survivor who lost many members her family Photograph taken Meulaboh Aceh Province mid-December 2006 years after the Tsunami December 26th 2004 devastated much the coastal region Taken illustrate reconstruction work and projects CRS (Catholic Relief Services) USA who sponsored the photo tour background generator ship which was washed several kms inland the tsunami and being left monument the disaster Anik's testimony: "The earthquake which caused theTsunami struck around Sunday morning was home with mother and father the time husband was his shop selling motor oil daughter was the beach with auntie went get daughter and brought her our house which about from the sea Then heard sound like 1000 trucks and saw the water rushing towards all ran holding hands and there was chaos everywhere People all ran different ways the water caught and rushed over our backs were washed along wall where managed climb onto roof from where saw the sea carrying trees whole houses and dead people along Many cried for help but there was nothing could After half hour found mother and father safe but couldn⊃t return our house because all the debris went hill nearby and stayed month there with other victims first thought I⊃d never return the village out fear cried every day afterwards for long time lost 120 members extended family all" Asia tsunami Catastrophe emergency aid woman women asia east asia eastern asia southeast asia asians asiatics south-east Indonesia 2006
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#06id088 - INDONESIA Anik Mawarni Mahalijah, a tsunami survivor who lost many members of her family. Photograph taken in Meulaboh, Aceh Province mid-December 2006, 2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour. Anik’s testimony: "The earthquake which caused theTsunami struck around 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning. I was at home with my mother and father at the time. My husband was in his shop selling motor oil. My daughter was on the beach with my auntie. We went to get my daughter and brought her to our house, which is about 4 km from the sea. Then we heard a sound like 1000 trucks and saw the water rushing towards us. We all ran, holding hands, and there was chaos everywhere. People all ran different ways, as the water caught up to us and rushed over our backs. We were washed along to a wall, where we managed to climb onto a roof from where we saw the sea carrying trees, whole houses and dead people along. Many cried for help but there was nothing we could do. After half an hour we found my mother and father safe, but we couldnt return to our house because of all the debris. We went to a hill nearby and stayed a month there with other victims. At first I thought Id never return to the village, out of fear. I cried every day afterwards for a long time. I lost 120 members of my extended family, in all."
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#06id090 - INDONESIA Laboratroy for testing drinking water. Photograph taken in Meulaboh, Aceh Province mid-December 2006, 2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour. The lab terchnician explains: "Every house well gets tested. UNICEF originally helped set up the lab to support other NGOs in the area, and now CRS helps pay staff salaries and provides us with equipment. The lab coordinates its activities with the local government. The water in local wells is quite contaminated, especially with Arsenic, as well as Nitrates, Nitrites, Iron, Manganese and Fluoride. The water became salinated after the Tsunami. We test here both the water from shallow and deep wells."
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