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Social Issues – Eight-year-old Wati was among one of the hundreds of thousands of people who were lost in the 2004 Indian Ocean megathrust earthquake-tsunami. – But unlike the others, she turned up 7 years later to tell her story.
Wati, who is now 15, reappeared at a cafe in the city of Meulaboh and she told the staff that she was trying to find her way home, but she could only recall the name of one relative–her grandfather Ibrahim.
The staff immediately brought the teen to him, and he recognized his long-lost granddaughter thanks to a couple of distinct features; a mole and a scar.
Mystery still clouds the former whereabouts of Wati as the location was “not immediately disclosed to reporters” but they say she “had been to places in other districts in Aceh province.”
The mega-tsunami took the lives of over 170,000 people. 130,000 people are still missing.
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