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Ie Beuna - The Mother Wave

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Indonesia – Sumatra – Banda Aceh – Lampaseh – Yasmanidar, 60-year-old stands in what is left of a villa destroyed by the tsunami in her neighborhood. “The second wave smashed me on the ground, the third brought me up”, she explains calmly. Yasmanidar lost her husband and thirty other family members during the disaster. Carried away for several kilometres by a black and muddy water full of sharp debris, Yasmanidar ended up on the second floor of a building, through a hole in the wall. There, she managed to climb on the roof, where she spent several hours waiting for help. “I was seeing people carried away by the water, corpses without head and limbs... A lot of people were crying for help, but I couldn't do anything” she remembers.