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Ie Beuna - The Mother Wave

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Indonesia – Sumatra – Aceh - Indonesia China Friendship Village - Armansiah Nyong, 44-year-old father of two climbs on the trees to collect fruits for his family. In the morning of the 24th of December 2004, Nyong spotted a mass of white foam on the horizon, marching towards the shore at tremendous speed. He tried to warn the others to run away, but the waves hit him while he was still trying to escape from the coastline. “There were bodies everywhere and people who were breaking into shops in desperate search of water”. His search for his wife and children went on for years and brought him to every displaced camp in the hope of finding his relatives alive. In 2007 he finally gave up, remarrying and rebuilding a new family, but the memories of his lost dear ones will haunt him for a long time. “I visit Ulee Lheue two times a week to recall them: that was my house, there was my childhood playground”.