Indonesia Girl Back With Family After 2004 Tsunami

By Salon Staff
December 23, 2011 10:18AM (UTC)
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BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — A girl who was swept away in the Indian Ocean tsunami seven years ago has been reunited with her parents.

Fifteen-year-old Wati showed up at a cafe in Meulaboh, a city in Aceh province, earlier this week, saying she'd been forced to work as a beggar and had finally broken free.

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She said she was looking for her family.

Wati was led to a man named Ibrahim, her grandfather, who summoned her parents, Yusniar and Yusuf.

The parents said they lost three daughters when the tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen nations slammed into their tiny village of Ujong Baroh.

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The mother, Yusniar, said she recognized Wati by the small scar over her eyebrow and a mole on her hip.


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