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Ie Beuna - The Mother Wave

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Indonesia – Sumatra – Band Aceh – Salmi Hardiyanti, a 23-year-old tsunami survivor stands on the beach close to where she grew up. Salmi lost 23 relatives, including her grandparents, two younger sisters and her mother, who was pregnant at that time. Salmi says she will never forget how she felt after seeing the village completely destroyed, the foundations were the only thing left of what was her family house. “People were telling me they couldn't find my mother. I had never cried so hard and so desperately in my life”. Today, Salmi works as a tourist guide in Banda Aceh, precisely on one of the several tsunami stranded boats which have become a landmark tourist attractions within the city.