A young Indonesian girl who was swept away by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, has been reunited with her family after being missing for an entire decade.
Raudhatul Jannah was just 4 years old when she and her brother were washed away by the powerful Boxing Day Tsunami. Her home, located in the West Aceh in Aceh Province, has seen and known the many lost in the largest tsunami ever recorded in recent history.
Her mother, Jamaliah Jannah said both of her children went missing and though they searched for an entire month, she believed they both had been killed in the waters near her home. She noted that the children had slipped from their grasp as they held onto a floating plank of wood in the fast moving waters.
The December 26th, 2004 tsunami was triggered by a massive earthquake off Sumatra Island. In all, some 230,000 people in 14 different countries died that day. Aceh alone lost nearly 170,000 of those people alone.
This past week a miracle of all miracles happened when Jamaliah’s brother spotted a girl that looked like his long-lost niece. It was later revealed that she has spent the last 10 years under the care of an elderly woman in a nearby district.
The family was reunited this past Wednesday in a tearful celebration. Jamaliah’s mother plans to have a DNA test performed to prove that it is her daughter, but she noted “the minute I saw her I knew it was her.”
“My husband and I are very happy we have found her,” Jamaliah said. “This is a miracle from God.”
The news of such a miracle after a lengthy time, didn’t stop at this……………… the 14-year-old girl told her parents that her brother could still be alive as they were stranded for 2-weeks on Banyak Island.
“We will look for him on Banyak Island because we believe he is still alive,” she says.