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Devastation of the coastal region of Aceh was the result of the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 as it struck Indonesia's island of Sumatra. Two year's later I was able to visit the stricken region on a photo assignment for Catholic Relief Services (CRS). They have a team of several hundred employees working full time on reconstruction efforts, and have offices in Banda Aceh and Meulaboh. Visitors one year after the disaster noticed how little had been acheived, but two year's later I must admit that considerable progress had been made by the many NGOs, including CRS, which work in the area. There has been extensive rebuilding of infrastructure, roads and airports have been repaired, electricity reinstalled, schools, hospitals, shopping centers and offices built, and of course, thousands of new homes have been constructed. Often the new homes are an improvement on what the people lived in previously, and are generally built to be earthquake proof.

- Sean Sprague, Photographer

Aceh, Indonesia
#06id141, INDONESIA Muslim boys at a kindergarten in Banda Aceh which lost many of its children to the tsunami,  and has now been rebuilt. The school's director Halimah Anwar Bustam describes the horrors suffered:  "The area the kids came from was completely flattened by the waves.  On that fateful Sunday the children were in their homes,  or many were already on the beach having fun.  So many died that morning. It was devastating. Only now are we getting things back together,  and are very grateful to CRS who are helping with the reconstruction of our damaged building.  The staff give up a portion of their (already low) salaries to sponsor poor children from the outlying villages to come to our school.  The new structure includes offices for staff,  a library,  prayer room and wheelchair accessible classroom."  Photograph taken in Banda Aceh,  mid-December 2006,  2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour.

06id141 - INDONESIA Muslim boys at a kindergarten in Banda Aceh which lost many of its children to the tsunami, and has now been rebuilt. The school’s director Halimah Anwar Bustam describes the horrors suffered: "The area the kids came from was completely flattened by the waves. On that fateful Sunday the children were in their homes, or many were already on the beach having fun. So many died that morning. It was devastating. Only now are we getting things back together, and are very grateful to CRS who are helping with the reconstruction of our damaged building. The staff give up a portion of their (already low) salaries to sponsor poor children from the outlying villages to come to our school. The new structure includes offices for staff, a library, prayer room and wheelchair accessible classroom." Photograph taken in Banda Aceh, mid-December 2006, 2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour.


School Reconstruction
#06id141, INDONESIA Muslim boys at a kindergarten in Banda Aceh which lost many of its children to the tsunami,  and has now been rebuilt. The school's director Halimah Anwar Bustam describes the horrors suffered:  "The area the kids came from was completely flattened by the waves.  On that fateful Sunday the children were in their homes,  or many were already on the beach having fun.  So many died that morning. It was devastating. Only now are we getting things back together,  and are very grateful to CRS who are helping with the reconstruction of our damaged building.  The staff give up a portion of their (already low) salaries to sponsor poor children from the outlying villages to come to our school.  The new structure includes offices for staff,  a library,  prayer room and wheelchair accessible classroom."  Photograph taken in Banda Aceh,  mid-December 2006,  2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour.

06id141 - INDONESIA Muslim boys at a kindergarten in Banda Aceh which lost many of its children to the tsunami, and has now been rebuilt. The school’s director Halimah Anwar Bustam describes the horrors suffered: "The area the kids came from was completely flattened by the waves. On that fateful Sunday the children were in their homes, or many were already on the beach having fun. So many died that morning. It was devastating. Only now are we getting things back together, and are very grateful to CRS who are helping with the reconstruction of our damaged building. The staff give up a portion of their (already low) salaries to sponsor poor children from the outlying villages to come to our school. The new structure includes offices for staff, a library, prayer room and wheelchair accessible classroom." Photograph taken in Banda Aceh, mid-December 2006, 2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour.


Hospital Reconstruction
#06id154, INDONESIA New mother and child hospital built in Banda Aceh by CRS.  Photograph taken in Banda Aceh,  mid-December 2006,  2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour.

06id154 - INDONESIA New mother and child hospital built in Banda Aceh by CRS. Photograph taken in Banda Aceh, mid-December 2006, 2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour.


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Sumatra, Indonesia
#06id289, INDONESIA Rice paddies above Tomok,  and Lake Toba,  Sumatra.

06id289 - INDONESIA Rice paddies above Tomok, and Lake Toba, Sumatra.


Home Reconstruction
#06id141, INDONESIA Muslim boys at a kindergarten in Banda Aceh which lost many of its children to the tsunami,  and has now been rebuilt. The school's director Halimah Anwar Bustam describes the horrors suffered:  "The area the kids came from was completely flattened by the waves.  On that fateful Sunday the children were in their homes,  or many were already on the beach having fun.  So many died that morning. It was devastating. Only now are we getting things back together,  and are very grateful to CRS who are helping with the reconstruction of our damaged building.  The staff give up a portion of their (already low) salaries to sponsor poor children from the outlying villages to come to our school.  The new structure includes offices for staff,  a library,  prayer room and wheelchair accessible classroom."  Photograph taken in Banda Aceh,  mid-December 2006,  2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour.

06id141 - INDONESIA Muslim boys at a kindergarten in Banda Aceh which lost many of its children to the tsunami, and has now been rebuilt. The school’s director Halimah Anwar Bustam describes the horrors suffered: "The area the kids came from was completely flattened by the waves. On that fateful Sunday the children were in their homes, or many were already on the beach having fun. So many died that morning. It was devastating. Only now are we getting things back together, and are very grateful to CRS who are helping with the reconstruction of our damaged building. The staff give up a portion of their (already low) salaries to sponsor poor children from the outlying villages to come to our school. The new structure includes offices for staff, a library, prayer room and wheelchair accessible classroom." Photograph taken in Banda Aceh, mid-December 2006, 2 years after the Tsunami of December 26th 2004 devastated much of the coastal region. Taken to illustrate reconstruction work and projects of CRS (Catholic Relief Services) of USA who sponsored the photo tour.



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