Indonesian girl swept away by 2004 tsunami found alive

Aug 8, 2014

A 14-year-old Indonesian girl who was thought to have died in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami is reunited with her biological parents, says Indonesia's Metro TV. Video: Reuters

 A 14-year-old girl who was thought to have died in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has been found alive and reunited with her family, Indonesian television Metro TV reported.

Video footage broadcast yesterday, showed Raudhatul Jannah, who is also known by her nickname "Wenni", being brought home by her biological mother Jamaliah.

Jannah, born in Meulaboh, the Muslim majority Aceh Province region in north-western Indonesia, is said to have been swept away by the tsunami when she was four-years-old.

Indonesian local media reports said she was found nearly 80 miles south and raised by an elderly woman.

"I prayed day and night that if this disappeared girl was safe, that we might find her. Even just one month ago her father was contacting everyone he knows and kept saying that 'my sweet child must be alive' every day after he came back from work," said Jamaliah, adding that the family looked for the girl for a month after the disaster struck.

Jannah's brother, Arief Pratama, who disappeared with her when the tsunami struck, is still missing, said Jamaliah.

The family has no plan to conduct a DNA test to verify the child's identity at the moment, but Jamaliah told local media that she is ready to do so if necessary.

Aceh was the closest point to the epicentre of the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed tens of thousands of people across the region.


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