Aceh Tsunami: When the Waves Came Crashing TODAY speaks to various people in Aceh about their experiences during the tsunami. For many, the painful memories are still vivid.
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Over 3 years, it completed clean water projects, helped rebuild hospitals and donated school buses, computer equipment for libraries, sewing machines and fishing boats to restore survivors’ livelihoods.
One of the most touching displays at the museum is a set of paper-cut art that depicts people standing on high ground amid roiling waves, holding hands in a line down to people they are pulling from the ocean. Above is a tree of life with the names of countries that provided aid. 2 men in the middle raise their hands in joy over those saved and the help received.
“They changed my life, just to see their example of independence and self-reliance, to be in a situation where they’d lost everything and didn’t despair. It was inspirational to me to watch as, through their faith in God — in their case, in Allah — and faith in their capabilities and resources, they rebuilt their lives."