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cerita tsunami by bule cerita tsunami by bule
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:
bule Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006   Photographer
Terima Kasih :)
gls Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006   Photographer
Great photograph... touching story.

bule Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2006   Photographer
thanks, mate!
pinkki-liz Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2006
wow, just.... wow
ilovebobmarley86 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
she's too beautiful for words.
jfarchaul Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005
very touching story...
bule Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2005   Photographer
Thanks for listening.
jfarchaul Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2005
you welcommee...
bananandcheese Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
oh my..bagus banget foto ini. :+fav:
chronicles-of-666 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005
.. my cousin died in the tsunami as well.. im not indonesian but i understand the language... gosh the way she wrote, it was such a rush... it made me cry haih... nice work..
only-a-rose Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005
I love this photo. It's so captivating just on its own, but when you add the story to it - it really becomes inspiring. I found a similar photograph and was inspired to to do a drawing in the memory of the Tsunami victims. I want to paint it and sell the prints to raise money for those who were affected.
disinformatique Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
a very powerful image, the story moves me, india too was a victim of Tsunami.
KaViTha Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2005
Touching....sympathies attached...
MysteryRealm Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005
Beautiful and inspirational image. The Tsunami was absolutely devastating; but the amount of amazing and truly touching stories that have came about because of it are remarkable. Wonderful work. When's the book coming out??
bule Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005   Photographer
It's officially being launched in November.

Cheers :)
ShiverNamelessone Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005

and looking forward to your book.
bule Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005   Photographer
It's going to the printing press next week :)
hbynoe Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2005  Professional Photographer
what a dear significant moment
parenthetical Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2005  Student
I have to say I do like this portrait, even if I she was writing about a tea party I'd like it, the depth is very nice and it has a sharp but soft feel to it, very nice
bule Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005   Photographer
Thank you.
I tried to catch the entire act. If you can read indonesian, you can actually read the story yourself.
What had me most about this shot is that it's the child writing about her tsunami experience. Not something you have very often, and something I will try and go back to document again.
shadowwolfgirl Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2005
That is a sad story, and is starting to slowly touch me deeply. This girl must be wise beyond her age to do this. It's also sad, how her mother left her younger brother a top the car. I didn't get it at first, I thought she would go back for him, but no, she didn't. I think I'll pass this along, since the girl wanted the world to read this, right? Truely sad, yet beautiful work.
bule Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2005   Photographer
Thank you for taking the time, and I appreciate that you passed it on.
Araniel Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2005
Very moving, and a beautiful image,
bule Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2005   Photographer
Thank you :)
Intisari Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2005  Professional Photographer
Very beautiful and moving shot! I added it to my favs!
bule Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2005   Photographer
Thanks, mate :)
For taking the time to read and leave your thoughts.
hypophotogenic Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2005
A beauty
bule Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2005   Photographer
Thanks :D
benOETAMA Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
Alde Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
sedih bgt...>_< ekspresi mukanya waktu lg nulis itu loh......serius bgt
bule Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005   Photographer
iya... Nur lagi serius bgt mo nulis cerita utk gw.
Makasih :D
noldot Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2005
being an indonesian who doesnt really live in indonesia makes me somewhat ignorant to the whole tsunami thing.

i went back to jakarta recently and everything seemed normal.

but oh man, this is one emotional picture. makes me feel all gray in the inside.
bule Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2005   Photographer
Jakarta wasn't really affected by it. I went up to Aceh and it was just crazy.
I plan to go up again very soon.
frixin Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2005  Student
touching story.. :thumbsup: i almost cry when I read this :disbelief:
definetely my fav..
bule Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2005   Photographer
Thanks, mate.
It was definitely a gratifying experience to go visit.
deegman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2005   Photographer
How she's into her writing, beautiful to see :)
UntitledI Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2005
greate picture! ^^
onenutshort Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2005   Photographer
This is truely a touching piece. You have done such a wonderful job of capturing such a tragic event. They flash all the information on the tsunami on the news, but it only really hits what a horrific occurence it was when you see someone who has really been affected by it. Thank you for sharing this story with us.
bule Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2005   Photographer
When you put a name to a face, everything becomes a lot more personal. That's why a lot of people don't think twice about a lot of images they see on TV.

Thank you for reading. :)
bluebluebe Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005
Make a many think about it picture,
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