An Indonesian girl has been reunited with her family 10 years after she was swept away by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, her mother claims.
Four-year-old Raudhatul Jannah and her seven-year-old brother were separated from their parents while holding onto a floating piece of wood in the tsunami waters, when it hit her West Aceh home on December 26, 2004
Jannah’s mother Jamaliah, 42, and her husband survived and searched for their children, but stopped after one month, assuming the children had died in the devastating tsunam
In June, Jamaliah’s brother spotted a girl who bore a resemblance to Jannah walking home from school and made inquiries about her.
He discovered that she had been swept from Aceh in the 2004 tsunami to remote islands southwest of the province.
The girl was rescued by a fisherman and brought back to the fisherman’s mother, now an elderly woman, who named the girl Weni and raised her.
Jamaliah and her husband visited the girl in the inland town of Blangpidie in the Aceh Barat Daya district in late June and found she was their daughter.
‘My heart beat so fast when I saw her. I hugged her and she hugged me back and felt so comfortable in my arms,’ she said.
Jamaliah also said she could not stop the ‘tears from flowing’ during the reunion.