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Indonesia – Sumatra - Banda Aceh – Gampong Kawa Beach- Ismail Ibrahim, a 52- year-old fisherman is gathering the nets on his boat preparing to leave for the ocean. On the morning of the 26th of December of 2004, Ismail was sleeping in his house in Merduati when the tsunami stroke. In the chaos, his wife and four kids lost track of each other and reunited only after two weeks. After spending almost two years at a relocation center since their house was destroyed, Ismail’s family was relocated in Panteriek, an area far from the sea. Ismail decided to sell the house and buy a plot of land in a slum in Gampong Jawa. Whenever he is bored or sad he just sits on the beach and the sea takes away the sorrow. His relationship with the ocean hasn’t changed after the tsunami contrary to his wife who is still traumatized by the event.