Girl back with family after 2004 tsunami

2011-12-23 08:10

Banda Aceh - 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.

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.

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

  • Hangwani - 2011-12-23 08:27

    Wow, good news to the family.

  • Adrian - 2011-12-23 08:28

    Finally, some good news!

  • willie.vanwyk2 - 2011-12-23 08:28

    How many other "dead" people is being held against their own will to work as slaves, where did she work as a slave and is there others there. Surely what a nice story but I honestly think a few other families can be reunited, "Broken Free" that means she was treated like a dog.

      mbongenia - 2011-12-23 09:26

      i think if they should give this story as much publicity as possibly because there definately should be lots being held against their will and this would be their only way to freedom

      Joan - 2011-12-23 12:48

      That came into my mind too Willie, when I read the story. I am delighted she broke free and is back with her family, but she probably wasn't the only one in slavery. Should be investigated wouldn't you say?

  • Bob - 2011-12-23 08:31

    One crazily happy ending, to an otherwise tragic scenario.

  • Michelle - 2011-12-23 08:34


  • Steenbra - 2011-12-23 08:35

    Absolutely fantastic moment..She found her way home after 'forced removal' as an eight year old. What more can one say!

  • Marius Koen - 2011-12-23 08:36

    The force is strong in this one.

  • Nyiks11 - 2011-12-23 08:46

    aaaaaah what a family reunion. All is well that ends well

  • tonybighit - 2011-12-23 08:56

    So, best news all Xmas

  • kardollie - 2011-12-23 09:09

    Your Xmas are truly blessed.

  • Michelle - 2011-12-23 09:14

    WOW! Miracles do happen. What an awesome Christmas present for them all.

  • Morakane - 2011-12-23 09:19

    I just goosebumps...remarkable story.

  • emoneyvalu - 2011-12-23 09:27

    Thats what we want to hear. Tired of all the fighting , murders. corrupt politicians.

  • Munchk1n - 2011-12-23 09:31

    Finally some good news!!!!!

  • Lee - 2011-12-23 09:38

    Aww what a lovely feeling that must have been for both the mother and daughter.............tears of joy :)

  • davieoosie - 2011-12-23 09:42

    Work as a beggar?? Get every unemployed person to beg and problem solved, no unemployment.

  • colin.dovey - 2011-12-23 09:44

    When we get an INSPIRING story like this one, especially at THIS time of the year.....would it not be nice if.........JUST FOR ONCE....we ALL agreed?......So to make up for those weirdos who somehow found it within the darkness of their giving spirit to give it a THUMBS is my contribution: _ | \ | | / | / /___ ____/ ___> ____> ___> -----_______> HAPPY Christmas to that Family!

      William - 2011-12-23 10:05

      Did'nt quite get the line thing... but i agree... i can not understand the thumbs down!

      Anton - 2011-12-23 10:11

      @ William. The line thing is a thumbs up.

  • Xenswim1 - 2011-12-23 09:49

    geez why the special inclusion of the small scar and and mole. How do you forget you child and how she/ he looks? Did they think they were talking to a ghost? So mush for their faith and god.

      Dawn - 2011-12-23 12:25

      Xenswim1, in case u didnt notice, she has been missing since 2004??? that's 7 years ago bro!!! brilliant story. happy xmas south africa!

  • Sphiwe - 2011-12-23 09:57

    A Happy ending ! I am happy for this little girl !

  • Faizel - 2011-12-23 10:41

    God blessed the parents after loosing 2 daughters. I HOPE THEY LOOK FOR THE PEOPLE THAT TOOK ADVANTAGE OF HER AND MATBE FREE MORE CHILDREN. when they catch them, drown them

  • Perfume - 2011-12-23 10:41

    The best Christmas present ever.

  • richard.galpin - 2011-12-23 10:44

    What a story for a special Christmas movie!!! I hope the girl continues to be strong and can shake off the 7 years of hell.

  • Trevor - 2011-12-23 11:46

    Fantastic for Christmas....what joys they all gonna have

  • Trevor - 2011-12-23 11:47

    These "thumbs down"....are kids board @ home with nothing to do... I'm sure"

      piet.strydom - 2011-12-23 17:15

      Can you imagine how sad somebody's life is, if this makes them feel good? Spare a thought!

  • karenchayde - 2011-12-23 11:59

    So miracles DO happen. What an incredible Xmas present!

  • Nadine - 2011-12-23 12:31

    Wow that is an amazing story, Thank God she broke free!

  • valerie.dorrell - 2011-12-23 14:04

    Miracles never cease.

  • Sharkshoot - 2011-12-23 15:14

    Scarey that the mother had just two ways to identify her daughter. Whatever happened to family resemblance.

  • Faith - 2011-12-23 19:07

    Some people are just cruel... Thanks God for the happy ending!

  • Sannie - 2011-12-24 05:47

    These people with thumbs down to this remarkable story think that the girl is an ANC member or an African. These haters will stop at nothing to discredit the ANC and Africans.

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