Girl Believed Dead In Boxing Day Tsunami Reunited With Parents 10 Years Later

08/08/2014 12:27 | Updated 20 May 2015

Girl feared dead in Boxing Day tsunami reunited with parents 10 years later

An Indonesian girl believed to have died in the Indian Ocean tsunami 10 years ago has been reunited with her parents.

Raudhatul Jannah was just four years old when she and her brother, then seven, were swept out of their house and away by the waters which engulfed their island of Sumatra on Boxing Day in 2004.

Their mum Jamaliah and her husband, who live in the West Aceh district in Aceh province, searched for them for a month before giving them up for dead.

A total of 230,000 people were killed by the tsunami, including 170,000 in Aceh.

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Then in June, Jamaliah's brother spotted a girl who bore a resemblance to Jannah walking home from school and made enquiries about her.

According to reports, he discovered that she had been swept from Aceh in the 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 and found she was their daughter.

Jamaliah said after they were reunited this week: "My husband and I are very happy we have found her.

"This is a miracle from God. If anyone is in doubt, I'm ready for DNA tests."

Raudhatul, now 14, has told her mother that her brother may be alive as they were stranded together.

She said: "We will look for him on Banyak Island because we believe he is still alive."


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