People around the world remembered the fifth anniversary of the devastatingIndian Ocean earthquake and tsunami that killed over 230,000 people in eleven countries. In Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where 150,000 died, a woman whose children and nieces were killed, told CNN, "We are only human... We'll never really forget... We still feel the trauma. And when there is another earthquake, all we can do is run and pray."
The NY Times reports the rebuilding effort in Banda Aceh. One of the biggest projects is a $250 million highway, which is being managed by the U.S. Agency for International Development, and reaction has been mixed. One man said, "Usaid just said ‘this is where the road will go’ without consulting much with us,. Sometimes they planned for the road to go through cemeteries. We were angry. But now that this section is finished, I think most people are happy. I mean, we can go to Banda Aceh now in half the time we could before."
The Red Cross has a report on its efforts to help the region: "Focusing on six key areas—water and sanitation, psychosocial support, health, shelter, livelihoods and disaster preparedness—the Tsunami Recovery Program has supported more than 80 relief and recovery projects in 10 countries. Because of the generosity of donors, beneficiaries received more than immediate relief—they received resources, services and training that will help them thrive for years to come."