Wati, 8-Year-Old Indonesian Girl Swept Away by 2004 Tsunami, Found Alive and Well
An eight-year-old Indonesian girl swept away by the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has been found alive and well.
The Daily Mail reports that the girl, now 15 and identified only be her first name Wati, is originally from Ujong Baroh village. She was believed to have been killed by the massive magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 200,000 lives in several countries on December 26,2004. Her mother Yusniar was clinging to her three children for dear life as the waters raged around her, but she lost her grip on little Wati. She managed to save Wati’s siblings.
Her family had long since given up looking for the lost girl.
But when Wati’s grandfather Ibrahim was meeting with a friend in the city of Meulaboh recently, he noticed a girl who he thought might be Wati. He called the Yusniar and her husband and the couple went to go see the girl. Although she did not remember her family, her parents immediately recognized Wati from a mole and a scar on her elbow. Caution turned to jubilation as the family was reunited after seven long years.
What Wati has been up to since 2004 remains a mystery.
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