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Old 12-26-2005, 08:14 AM   #1
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One Year Anniversary Of The Tsunami

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- A wailing siren followed by a minute of silence marked the moment a year ago Monday when the Indian Ocean tsunami crashed ashore in Asia, sweeping away more than 200,000 lives.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapc...ain/index.html

ndonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono wipes tears Sunday during a meeting with Acehnese orphans who lost their parents in the tsunami, in Medan, Sumatera, Indonesia. Yudhoyono visited Aceh on Monday to mark the one-year anniversary of the disaster that killed more than 130,000 people in the province.

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Old 12-26-2005, 09:01 AM   #2
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Sad anniversary.
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Old 12-26-2005, 11:03 AM   #3
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Yes very sad...Thank goodness for human strength.
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Old 12-26-2005, 11:16 AM   #4
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How depressing.
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Old 12-26-2005, 01:19 PM   #5
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The good news is the remarkable recovery in the region thanks to the massive outpouring of assistance from the world and volunteers.
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Old 12-26-2005, 04:42 PM   #6
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I hope you're right trevster...but it's still incredibly sad.
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Old 12-26-2005, 08:47 PM   #7
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Don't get the wrong impression, apparently only 20% of the people affected have permanent housing but the fears that many more people would die from problems associated with the tsunami were averted. There is still a lot of work needed but they are headed in the right direction so I am hopeful about that, plus they are putting in a tsunami warning system for that region of the world.
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So sad
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Old 12-27-2005, 07:53 AM   #9
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I was watching the news yesterday when they remember about this sad event...
I burst into tears when I heard the sound of an alarm that they have built to alert the population in case another tsunami should hit them. The journalist said that alarm could have saved a lot of lives... And I just couldn't help but crying because it's so painful to know that there were a lot of things that could have done but nothing was made before this tragedy happens.

When the tsunami happened, I made a donation -- as all the rest of the world, almost. And after a while I got a letter asking me if I would have liked to give my authorisation to use my money for other projects because the money collected for Indonesia were too much (!)
And now I'm wondering why just a small amount of people have got a new and safe house...
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"Wave of love" finds tsunami survivor, doctor

PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) - In the chaos after Asia's killer tsunami, a volunteer Israeli doctor and a badly injured survivor fell in love.

A year later, Israeli-born businessman Ron Bombiger held Dr. Dorit Nitzan's hand and proposed on Tuesday in the Phuket hospital room where they first met.

"Dori, in front of all these people, will you marry me?," asked Bombiger, 49, as beaming nurses looked on in the room adorned with red roses and petals on the bed in the shape of a heart.

She whispered in his ear, they kissed and exchanged engagement rings to loud cheers and applause.

The two met days after the tsunami shattered Bombiger's hotel on Kamala Beach on the Thai tourist island of Phuket.

Thais gave Bombiger, who was visiting from Los Angeles, a blanket and rushed him to the island's main Bangkok Hospital with a serious leg injury.

Nitzan, a member of the Israeli team sent to Thailand to help survivors, visited Bombiger as he spent the next few weeks in room 432, recovering from six operations on his right thigh.

They discovered they had lived as children in the same town in Israel.

"We call it the 'wave of love,"' Bombiger said of the tragedy that brought them together. "This wave came in and I found this girl I love and want to spend the rest of my life with."

The couple flew to Thailand with Bombiger's mother to attend somber memorial services on Monday for the 5,395 people who died in Thailand, including nearly 2,000 foreigners.

Bombiger's niece and her husband, who was also injured in the tsunami, came back with their six-week-old baby boy.

"My heart is with those who cannot be so happy since the tsunami," said Nitzan, 45, from Tel Aviv, who thanked the Thai people and hospital staff for "bringing us together."

"You are in our hearts forever," she said, clutching a bouquet of red roses.

CHAOS

Bombiger was among the 1,037 tsunami survivors rushed to the private hospital from Phuket, Phi Phi Island and worst-hit Khao Lak, where most people had died.

"It was chaos. There were patients everywhere. They came in swimsuits with no money, no passports. We just helped them," recalled hospital spokeswoman Piyanooch Ananpakdee.

The hospital's five operating rooms worked through the night and day. Doctors slept on the floor, waiting for the next patient. They lost only one, a Belgian man.

The tragedy pushed hospital staff to their limits.

"One doctor was crying while he operated on a little girl the same age as his daughter," she said.

Staff also had to cope with distraught relatives demanding to search hospital rooms in the hope of finding a missing loved one.

"They were crying and we tried to help them as much as we can," Piyanooch said.

Bombiger said he wanted to return to thank the nurses, his doctor Pongsakorn Eamtanaporn and the Thai people for giving him a new life.

The couple plan to get married in a few months. And the honeymoon?

"We are coming to Thailand," Bombiger said.
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Wow. Thanks, MrsSpringsteen.
This story is sooooo full of hope -- the demonsration that also in the worst situation we can see something good beginning.
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I find the strength of these people inspirational.
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Old 12-27-2005, 01:45 PM   #13
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I salute these people. How they've managed to make it through all of this sadness, I will never know. And it's nice to see that slowly but surely they're rebuilding their lives, too .

May all those who passed away in the tsunami continue to rest in peace . And my condolances go to all those who lost loved ones that horrible day.
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