by Staff Writers
Banda Aceh, Indonesia (AFP) Dec 23, 2011
An Indonesian girl separated from her family during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has been reunited with her family after seven years as a street child, her parents said Friday.
Mary Yuranda, now 14, showed up at a cafe in the city of Meulaboh, a city in Aceh province, looking for her parents.
According to her father Tarmius, she told her parents she had finally been let go by a woman who had taken her in and forced her to work as a street beggar.
A taxi driver helped her return home on Wednesday after she told him the names of her village and her grandfather, a well-known religious leader in the village, said her father, 42.
"The birthmarks on her belly, and a mole and scar on her face proved that the little girl was mine," her mother Yusnidar told AFP by telephone from the village home.
"I cannot tell you how grateful I am," the 35-year-old mother said.
Yusnidar was separated from two of her three children when the tsunami wreaked havoc on the Aceh coast and killed more than three-quarters of the 220,000 victims around the Indian Ocean.
Her eldest daughter remains missing, she said.
Indonesia was the nation hardest hit in the 2004 tsunami, with more than three-quarters of the 220,000 victims around the Indian Ocean.
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest
Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.
Japan's tsunami and nuclear disaster: a timeline
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 16, 2011
Here are key developments in Japan as the country prepares to announce the cold shutdown of stricken reactors at its Fukushima nuclear plant, nine months after a massive quake and tsunami triggered the worst atomic accident since Chernobyl in Ukraine in 1986. - March 11, 2011: A 9.0-magnitude earthquake, the world's fourth largest since 1900, strikes off Japan's northeast coast, triggering a ... read more
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2012 - Space Media Network. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|