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Girl lost in 2004 tsunami is found alive
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For nearly seven years, Wati's parents believed their daughter had died when a tsunami hit Indonesia's Aceh in December 2004. Yet on Wednesday, the 15-year-old returned home alive, according to reports by Indonesia's state news agency Antara.

Wati was 8 when the tsunami hit Aceh and she lost grip of her mother's arm, Antara reports. For years, the family believed the girl had drowned in the water. Yet on Wednesday, Wati's grandfather Ibrahim received a visit from an acquaintance who brought a young girl that was looking for her home. The news service writes that the girl was seen in a coffee shop where she sat in silence, and people had thought she was a beggar. She reportedly did not remember her parents' or relatives' names, except for one -- Ibrahim.

According to Antara, Wati's parents were reunited with their daughter and reportedly confirmed the teenage girl was their child after recognizing a mole and a scar.

The tsunami that hit the coast of Aceh on December 26, 2004, was triggered by the world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years. The tsunami hit more than 10 countries. Nearly 170,000 people were killed and almost 130,000 went missing.

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Posted 12/27/11
That is quite simply, amazing... : O
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Posted 12/27/11
Quite a feat considering, well least they managed to find there home and parents.
Posted 12/27/11
happy face ^^
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I wonder what she had to go through. That was half her life not growing up with her parents. It's also kind of sad to see a child not know their relatives names. :/
I know we call our parents when we're young mom and dad. But come'on. Teach your kid your names. She was 7 when she went missing. She should have known more names than just 1 person.
Posted 12/27/11
I bet she's pro at surfing now.
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OH PRAISE GOD!!!! I'm so sorry for the time that was lost, but I'm so glad it's a feel-good story today.
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Posted 12/27/11
Bless her heart. She still seems lost.
Posted 12/27/11
Don't believe in it. She might be a ghost.
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Posted 12/27/11
It took her over half a decade to find her family? What is she, stupid?
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gotta admit, thats amazing.
Posted 12/27/11
TATS GR8 HPE SHE AIGHT
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nice.
Posted 12/27/11
Something tells me only half this story was reported, the other half is probably lost forever.
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Pretty sweet news, especially when Christmas was close.
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