- Title: INDONESIA: ACEH FAMILY LOOKS FORWARD TO POST-TSUNAMI FUTURE
- Date: 24th March 2005
- Summary: (BN09) BANDA ACEH, ACEH PROVINCE, INDONESIA (MARCH 24, 2005) (REUTERS) 1. SLV INDONESIAN MOTHER, SALAWATI WALKING OUT OF HOUSE 0.13 2. SV/CU OF SALAWATI SHOPPING FOR VEGETABLES (3 SHOTS) 0.28 3. SV SALAWATI HEADING TO HOUSE 0.37 4. SLV SALAWATI ENTERING THE KITCHEN (2 SHOTS) 0.55 5. CU/SV OF SALAWATI COOKING (2 SHOTS) 1.11 6. SLV NURDIN, SALAWATI'S HUSBAND WORKING ON HIS RICKSHAW 1.16 7. CU/SV OF NURDIN WITH HIS RICKSHAW (3 SHOTS) 1.34 8. SV OF SALAWATI HELPING HER SON, SAPUTRA PREPARE FOR SCHOOL (2 SHOTS) 1.45 9. MCU/CU/SLV SALAWATI COMBING SAPUTRA'S HAIR (3 SHOTS) 2.00 10. CU SAPUTRA TAKING SHOES 2.08 11. SLV/CU SAPUTRA KISSES HIS MOTHER BEFORE GOING TO SCHOOL (2 SHOTS) 2.18 12. SV/SLV NURDIN TAKING SAPUTRA TO SCHOOL BY MOTORCYCLE (2 SHOTS) 2.29 13. CU SAPUTRA KISSES HIS FATHER'S HAND 2.35 14. SV STUDENTS ENTERING CLASS 2.40 15. CU SAPUTRA KISSING HIS TEACHER'S HAND 2.46 16. SLV/CU OF SAPUTRA IN THE CLASS (2 SHOTS) 2.55 17. SLV EXTERIOR OF SCHOOL 3.00 18. SLV SALAWATI PREPARING LUNCH 3.07 19. CU/SV/TV OF SALAWATI, NURDIN AND SAPUTRA HAVING LUNCH (6 SHOTS) 3.37 20. MCU (Bahasa Indonesia) SALAWATI SAYING: "I don't have money to build a new house. I think temporary shelter is sufficient for the time being. I hope (the government) can rebuild our house. But if that is not possible I will go to my home town". 4.00 21. MCU (Bahasa Indonesia) NURDIN SAYING: "I want my child to go back to school. I only have one child left. God willing he can fulfil all his dreams. It is very difficult these days. We used to be able to help other people, now we are the ones who need help." 4.23 22. SLV/CU SALAWATI, NURDIN AND SAPUTRA LOOKING AT A PHOTOGRAPH OF THEIR TWO DAUGHTERS (2 SHOTS) 4.32 23. MCU (Bahasa Indonesia) SALAWATI SAYING: "It's a sin that we can not accept our fate that we lost our children. But deep down I am hopeful that they are alive. Each time someone said a child has been discovered I always want to find out." 4.50 24. CU SAPUTRA PLAYING WITH HIS TOY 4.56 (BN09) BANDA ACEH, ACEH PROVINCE, INDONESIA (MARCH 25, 2005) (REUTERS) 25. SV NURDIN AND SAPUTRA WALKING INTO BATHROOM 5.00 26. SLV/CU NURDIN AND SAPUTRA PERFORMING WASHING RITUAL BEFORE PRAYING (3 SHOTS) 5.17 27. LV EXTERIOR OF MOSQUE, NURDIN AND SAPUTRA WALKING INTO MOSQUE 5.23 28. LAS NURDIN ENTERING MOSQUE 5.30 29. SLV PEOPLE PRAYING IN THE MOSQUE 5.35 30. CU SAPUTRA PRAYING 5.40 31. CU NURDIN PRAYING 5.45 32. SLV MEN PRAYING/CU NURUDIN PRAYING (2 SHOTS) 5.55 33. CLOSE UP OF HANDS OF THE MEN PRAYING 5.58 34. SLV/CU NURUDING PRAYING (2 SHOTS) 6.14 35. SLV END OF FRIDAY PRAYERS, MEN LEAVING MOSQUE 6.19 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: BANDA ACEH, ACEH, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Reuters ID: LVA62J2HGM267RKDYOT5NLV2EQTR
- Story Text: Aceh family looks forward to post-tsunami future
Salawati lost two daughters when killer waves smashed Indonesia's Aceh
province three months ago but now she is proud her only surviving child has
dreams to rebuild their homeland.
Her seven-year-old son Saputra told her recently he has abandoned his
dreams of becoming a policeman in favour of becoming an academic, vowing to
rebuild their family home which was destroyed by the tsunami.
Her family used to live in Merduati, the seaside district in Aceh's capital
of Banda Aceh.
Only 16 of Salawati's extended family of 100 survived the Dec. 26 ordeal,
triggered by a magnitude 9 earthquake that sent a tsunami to several nations
fringing the Indian Ocean.
Those events left more than 200,000 people dead or missing in Aceh alone
and rendered hundreds of thousands homeless in the province on the northern tip
of Sumatra Island.
Her husband Nurdin has been searching for their daughters, aged 13 and 12,
in refugee camps and child aid agencies, saying he would not lose hope until
there is proof of their demise.
Salawati shares that hope as she longs for the girls to be found alive.
"It's a sin that we can not accept our fate that we lost our children. But
deep down I am hopeful that they are alive. Each time someone said a child has
been discovered I always want to find out," said the 37-year old after combing
Saputra's hair and dressing him in the white-and-red uniform of Indonesia's
public elementary schools.
Like the first grader's books and pencils, the uniform was courtesy of the
United Nations Children's Emergency Fund.
At the time of the disaster, Nurdin and Salawati were visiting relatives in
a nearby province. The news of the devastation of their home left them on the
streets and asking for aid from anyone passing by.
Their second shelter was a tent in front of a relative's home but it didn't
last long after the host wanted to clean the house.
Reuters first met the family in January at their third refuge, a house of
another relative which was packed with other internally displaced families.
Their current dwelling is a partially built brick house owned by Nurdin's
brother. The house has five rooms but only two have a roof. The windows have no
glass covers, the walls are bare red bricks while the floor is cold cement.
"I don't have money to build a new house. I think temporary shelter is
sufficient for the time being. I hope (the government) can rebuild our house.
But if that is not possible I will go to my home town," she said.
Nurdin, who works for the government's family planning agency, owned a
small cannery and
rickshaws with engines as well as studying in a weekend adult program in
pursuit of a
college accounting degree.
Now, the couple who once employed 18 workers depend on the kindness of
Last week, Salawati faced another tribulation when she had to go through
surgery to remove a small tumour near her backbone.
Although Nurdin gets rice and some food from his old office, he said it was
far from enough as he has to feed four other relatives who are staying with the
family in the new refuge.
He has filed numerous forms to the government indicating his family
survived the tsunami and needed a temporary shelter but no replies have been
When asked why he is in the house when he should have gone to work, Nurdin
said "my mind goes wayward" in the office, and it reminds him that the salary
of a low-ranking civil servant could never satisfy what the family needs at the
He prefers the government to lend him cash so he can fix his broken
rickshaw which he can drive himself to make ends meet and allow him to rebuild
his seaside house although authorities are planning to turn Merduati into Banda
Aceh's buffer zone.
"I want my child to go back to school. I only have one child left. God
willing he can fulfil all his dreams. It is very difficult these days. We used
to be able to help other people, now we are the one who need help" he said.
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