BANDA ATJEH – Survivors of the deadly Tsunami that ravaged a portion of Indonesia nine years ago, came together on Thursday in remembrance of those who died.
All flags hung half-mast in the province of Atjeh in Sumatra.
Atjeh’s capital city Banda Atjeh was nearly completely destroyed during the 2004 Tsunami. Mass graves, holding the bodies of those who died during the storm, can be seen around the rebuild city today. Hundreds came to the graves to pay homage and pray.
“It’s been nine years ago but it feels like it was just yesterday,” said Makmun Adam, who lost his wife and two children in the Tsunami.
In Thailand, people gathered in the tourist town of Phuket surrounding the Wall of Remembrance; a statue inscribed with the names of the nearly 8,000 people who died there during the storm.
Flags representing the nationalities of each individual who died were placed on the wall. An international congregation conducted a mass in multiple languages. Thousands of flowers were placed by the wall.
The 2004 Tsunami killed 230,000 people from 13 different countries. Indonesia was hit the hardest. 160,000 Indonesians died in the storm.
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