An Indonesian girl who was swept away by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has now been reunited with her family after being missing for 10 years.
The tsunami, known as the Boxing Day tsunami, was triggered by a massive earthquake off Sumatra Island. It killed around 230,000 people in 14 countries, including 170,000 in Aceh.
After searching for a month, Jamaliah believed her two children were among the thousands killed. She says they slipped from her and her husband’s grasp as they held on to a floating plank of wood, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports.
However in June, Jamaliah’s brother spotted a girl who looked like his long-lost niece. It was later revealed that the girl had been under the care of an elderly woman in a nearby district for the last 10 years. The family were reunited Wednesday.
“My husband and I are very happy we have found her,” Jamaliah told the DPA. “This is a miracle from God.”
Jamaliah plans to do DNA tests if anyone doubts that the girl was her daughter. She says that she knew it was Raudhatul as soon as she saw her.
With even more good news, the 14-year-old had told her parents that her brother could still be alive after the two were stranded on Banyak Island, Jamaliah says.
“We will look for him on Banyak Island because we believe he is still alive,” she says.