8-Year-Old Girl Believed to Be Swept Away After 2004 Tsunami Turns Up AliveMonica Bielanko
Talk about Christmas miracles. This one is for real.
An 8-year-old girl who was swept out of her mother’s arms during the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia that killed thousands has turned up alive.
The little girl’s mother, Yusniar was trying to take her daughter, Wati, and two siblings to higher ground, but the child somehow lost her grip on her mother’s arm and was swept away when the tsunami engulfed Ujong Baroh, in West Aceh, the day after Christmas in 2004.
Everyone assumed Wati had died, since no trace could be found of her. Until Wednesday, when the now 15-year-old appeared in a nearby city and explained to the staff at a cafe that she was trying to find her way home. The staff originally thought the teen was a beggar but quickly realized otherwise:
As the NY Post reports:
Wati could remember only one relative’s name, her grandfather Ibrahim. She was taken to his house, where she was quickly identified as his missing granddaughter. He sent for the girl’s mother Yusniar and father Yusuf, who recognized their daughter from a small scar above her eyebrow that she got when she was six years old.
Wati returned home almost seven years to the day after she disappeared. No details have been released as to where she’s been the entire time other than “over the years she had been to places in other districts in Aceh province.”
Unbelievable. Can you even fathom thinking your daughter has been dead for seven years only to have a 15-year-old young lady return to your home? Christmas miracle, indeed.
Additional source: Antara News
Additional source: Jezebel.com