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Indonesia remembers the dead

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Indonesia remembers the dead


Nearly three quarters of the tsunami victims came from Indonesia’s Aceh province on the northern tip of Sumatra. At 8.16 am, in the capital Banda Aceh, the country’s president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono set off a siren to begin a minute of silence. Afterwards he said it was time to begin looking forward to the future.

A massive effort is being made to do just that in the centre of the coastal suburb. A year ago its mosque was the only building left standing among the debris after the tsunami swept everything around. Locals are now selling photos of the disaster. Aid groups say a big chunk of the 11-billion euros in pledged donations will be deployed for projects as early as next month. But it will takes years to rebuild what disappeared in minutes.
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