An Indonesian girl has been reunited with her family 10 years after
she was swept away by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, Daily Mail reports.
Raudhatul Jannah, four-year-old at the time 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, believing the children were dead in the devastating tsunami that shook the entire region.
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 tsunami a decade ago to remote islands southwest of the province. The girl was rescued by a fisherman who took her home to his mother who named her Weni and raised her all these years.
Jamaliah and her husband visited the inland town of Blangpidie in the Aceh Barat Daya district in late June and discovered Weni to be Jannah, their daughter who had gone missing since that tragedy.
The mother said, “My husband and I are very happy. I am so grateful to God for reuniting us with our child after 10 years of being separated. My heart beat so fast when I saw her. I hugged her and she hugged me back and felt so comfortable in my arms.”
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