Sunday, January 15, 2012

Tsunami

                                                                               taylor, jason decaires
Image:1 Courtesy of Tess' Magpie

 Image:2 Dainty little cottages hurriedly constructed, typical of post Tsunami construction patterns

 Image:3 One of the memorials of mass graves

 Image:4 Life goes on. Taken at the week-end market on Jan 15,2012

 Image:5 The imposing International Airport completed in 2008 apparently with the German government's assistance

Image:6 One of the many billboards imploring for the tourist dollar

I was in Bandar Acheh for the week-end. Not much of the remnants of destruction of the 2004 tsunami are seen on the ground. Reconstruction had apparently taken a fast pace the past 7 years.


They were overwhelmed
Walls of water stories high
It came suddenly

A city flattened
Devastation in its wake
Human lives were snuffed

Seven years after
A people vindicated
Unhindered with pride

Inspired by Tess' Magpie#100

40 comments:

  1. good to see that life goes on... still remember when it happened... there was a german song in the hitlists - translated into english it meant "the perfect wave" and it was forbidden to play it on the radio after the catastrophe happened...had nothing to do with it really..was just the shock..

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    1. Sensitivities tend to take many courses.Good sense prevails! Thanks Claudia!

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  2. i am glad that after the disaster life is able to return to somewhat normal...life rises once more as they rebuild what once they had...good to see you hank

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    1. They just had to survive and pick the pieces. Thanks Brian!

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  3. Thank you for the pics... Good to know that life returned with great spirit and pride.

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    1. Never would have believed the devastation

      Hank

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  4. Excellent write. Amazing what people can survive.

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    1. Their capacity for tolerance is very high!

      Hank

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  5. Glad new life spurts out after such a thing
    As out the new building sounds ring
    Proving the spirit of man can be grand
    When lending a helping hand

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    1. People struggling against odds
      Would overcome their sad lot
      Their capacity against pain is high
      They'll manage within just a while

      Hank

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  6. Is it really that long ago? I remember when it happened, and it just seems like last year.
    The little houses are cute, but I'm sure the survivors would rather have their families back.
    This is a powerful take on the prompt, Hank. I just couldn't figure out what to do with that photo, but you've said a lot in a few words.
    K

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    1. They would definitely would have wanted their loved ones. Whereas houses can be rebuilt. Thanks Ma'am!

      Hank

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  7. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly places recover after such utter destruction. It's like in New Orleans you'd never know what they'd been through w/ Katarina...

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    1. We we often wonder at the resilience of people under siege. It is survival at its best.

      Hank

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    1. Thanks Zap! Am seeing more visits from you. Appreciate that!

      Hank

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  9. Humans are resilient...thank you for the reminder...

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    1. Under trying times they are Tess! It's also attributed to the generosity of aid countries.

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  10. Wonderful to see the speed of recovery from the disaster.

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  11. Triumph of the human spirit - always a wonderful truth.

    =)

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    1. It is, really! The push for survival!

      Hank

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  12. Blogger now has this comment system? This is great. Will the commenter be notified? I would think and hope so. I'll know soon enough :)

    Seven years already, really? Like it was only yesterday. And your pictures are really great that show the good recovery. Alhamdulillah. And your poem is excellent too, as always.

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    1. Oceangirl,
      Yes Ma'am, it does! Only a few days ago. Notification is automatic, I think so. Thanks Ma'am!

      Hank

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  13. Excellent photo's and wonderful words.

    Yvonne.

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  14. Love where you took us with the prompt this week ..

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    1. Somehow it has relevance to what I had wanted to post.

      Hank

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  15. Oh Pareng Hank, i can still remember what happened. Im happy that the restoration has been good. Nice post, nice take!

    JJRod'z

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    1. ParengJJ,
      They made good the last 7 yrs. Thanks ParengJJ

      Hank

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  16. Very beautiful photography. I love the cottage!

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    1. Thanks! There are plenty of such cottages there now!

      Hank

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  17. Love these photos! looks like such an interesting place with phenomenal history. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. thanks for any help for my country, particularly Banda Aceh affected by the tsunami in 2004

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