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Ie Beuna - The Mother Wave

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Indonesia – Sumatra – Aceh - Padang Seurahet - 31-year-old Fawzia (left) laughing in the courtyard of her house with her 37-year-old sister Yessi Kemala Dewi (right). The day of the tsunami, Dewi was invested by a wall of water while she was running for her life together with her sister. A cabinet carried by the water hit her, trapping her leg and preventing them from fleeing. “I told Fawzia to let me go and save herself, but she wouldn't leave me” she continues. Today Yessi and Fawzia run a successful sewing business thanks to a Swiss NGO who provided them with 3 sewing machines. The experience of the tsunami has created a special bond between the two sisters who have become inseparable.