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Banda Aceh, Aceh, Indonesia
May 28-29, 2004

I met this girl at a Banda Aceh displaced people's camp, sponsored by the Japanese government. She was 11 years old, and wise beyond her age. The other children were ecstatic to see us, but what surprised me the most is that they want to share their stories. This is the basis of a book I was helping with called Letters from Aceh which will be published soon.

Nurmalahayati started talking about it by herself and then she offered to write her story for me. She told me that she wants the world to hear it.

I promised her.

Now it's your turn to hear her story.

I posted it below in Indonesian first and then translated as best as I could into English (the Acehnese add their own dialects, so some words were difficult to translate)


Cerita Tsunami

Saya waktu gempa di warung dicari sama mamak. Habis tu ada orang puland dibilang sama orang itu air laut sudah kering. Pulang. Ayah saya lari ke gunung. Abang saya sudah kedak air di Weser. Abang saya pulang ke rumah abis itu abang saya tidak ada lagi. Naik mobil dilihat mamak dengan aku di ambil adik sama mamak. Mamak saya dengan saya lari terus. Habis itu mamak saya duduk di jalan. Di bilang sama saya “mamak jangan duduk di atas jalan. Cepat lari ke gunung”. Habis itu mamak aku, “air pasang” aku ambil tangan mamak abang saya dengan adik abang saya mau lihat mamak. Mamak ambil adik sama saya. Abang Faisal dibantu sama tangki. Saya tiga malem tiga hari tidak ada bantuan.

Pertanyaan: Gimana kehidupan sesudah tsunami?

Saya Takut.

Nama: Nurmalahayati
Kelas: III SD
Ketamatan: Leupung
Umur: 11 Tahun

Hari Minggu tgl. 26 – Desember 2004

Yang Selamat
Adnen (50 thn) – Ibu
Sabirin (20 thn) – Abang
Safuran (18 thn) – Kakak
Faisal (14 thn) – Abang
Nurmalahayati (11thn)

Yang Tidak Selamat

Tsunami Story

During the earthquake, my mother was looking for me. After it happened, some people returned from shore and said that the ocean was dry. We went home. My father ran to the mountains. My uncle was working close to the water. My uncle came home, and after that my uncle wasn’t there anymore. My mother saw a car and put my younger brother on it. My mother and I kept running. After that my mother sat down on the road. I told her “Mother, don’t sit on the road. We have to run to the mountain fast.” After that my mom said “the water is rising”, so I took my aunt and my cousin’s hand and looked at my mom. She took my other brother. A tanker truck helped my cousin, Faisal. I was without help [on the mountain] for three nights and three days.

Question: How is life after the tsunami?

I'm scared.

Name: Nurmalahayati
Grade: 3rd
Village: Leupung
Age: 11 years

Sunday, 26th December, 2004

Adnen (50 years old) – Mother
Sabirin (20 years old) – Cousin
Safuran (18 years old) – Older Brother
Faisal (14 years old) – Cousin
Nurmalahayati (11 years old)

Didn’t Survive
Older Sister
Younger Brother

God bless all the Tsunami survivors in Aceh and the rest of the affected areas.
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A story needs not only a teller, but a listener too. cerita tsunami by =bule is one of thousands of stories that shaped a day that will live in our memories forever. ( Suggested by mizarek and Featured by superkev )
ar2r0 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
yes indeed. do these event occur often. as i heard in the news in march (2011) of the earthquake and then a tsunami.
Lillymon Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very powerful ! Thank you so much for sharing this brave little girl's story with the rest of us.
LittleRedx Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aimelle Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
perfect ! and I like it :heart:
guyfromczech Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
Hi :sun:

I do enjoy your photography, so I have featured this shot. I hope it is ok.

Have fun with your camera and enjoy dA.

Cheers from the Czech Rep.
Aukon Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2006
Amazing DD!
ladyayne Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2006
piękne. naprawde piękne :)
bule Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2006   Photographer
C3KSiva5 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2006
I'm very glad you did this piece, I also visited a tsunami devastated country ( Sri Lanka) my family is from there so I visited Galle to see how much damage was done. I posted some pictures, like you did, to inform others of how much there is still left to do and for them to see what TV doesnt show.
Anyway, back to the artwork, i like the perspective and the fact that you chose b & w for the shot.

bulbmen Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2006
ugh... keren abis...!!
aku hampir nangis.. :nirvana:
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