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Tsunami disaster – countries in crisis


NEW YORK, USA, 20 December 2006 – Two years after the Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than 200,000 people and destroyed homes, schools and communities across a vast area, UNICEF is still working to rebuild children’s lives and provide a brighter future.

‘Building back better’ brings positive results for millions of children
NEW YORK, USA, December 2007 – In the three years since a tsunami devastated entire regions around the Indian Ocean, UNICEF has improved the lives and health of millions of women and children affected by the December 2004 disaster.

A protective environment
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 29 December 2008 – Putri Saleh hosts a radio programme tailored just for children, tackling issues ranging from school problems to child abuse.

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Impact on children
NEW YORK, USA, 23 December 2008 – The impact of the 2004 tsunami was particularly hard for children. Thousands lost family members and homes, and experienced upheaval that profoundly changed their way of life.


Restoring health care
POTTUVIL, Sri Lanka, 26 December 2008 – For the first time since the waves of the tsunami destroyed her home and her family’s livelihood, T. Lafara is celebrating a new addition to her family. She cradles a newborn girl in her arms, as she drifts back and forth in the yard outside her home.


Orphans of the tsunami
RANONG, Thailand, 24 December 2008 – Four years after the tsunami swept across Thailand’s Andaman coast, normalcy has returned to most hard-hit resort areas. But away from the white sand beaches and neon lights of the tourist strips, the tsunami continues to take its toll on the lives of children orphaned by the disaster.


Lessons of the tsunami
NEW YORK, USA, 23 December 2008 – The 2004 tsunami left a wake of devastation that stretched across the Indian Ocean. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed. Many more were made homeless. Poor and isolated communities were left struggling to survive.


Building back better
NEW YORK, USA, 23 December 2008 – The immediate emergency sparked by the Indian Ocean tsunami four years ago is drawing to a close, but UNICEF is committed to long-term interventions that go beyond repairing or replacing what was destroyed.





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