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Bouncing Back Five Years After the Tsunami

20 May

A rare bit of good news in the massive international disaster category: five years after the tsunami, Banda Aceh, one of the hardest-hit parts of Indonesia is in some ways doing better than ever, according to Canada’s Globe and Mail. In a nutshell, not only did the billions of dollars in foreign reconstruction aid actually help, but the catastrophic destruction pretty much ended the 30-year war between the Indonesian government and the separatist Free Aceh Movement. Since then, “about 140,000 new houses have been built, along with 1,700 schools, as well as hundreds of mosques, airports and government buildings.”

Bottom line, writes the Globe’s Mark MacKinnon: international aid “has transformed an impoverished, war-torn hellhole into a bustling city of 210,000 people who believe the world cares about them.”

Aceh before and after the tsunami.(image from Digitalglobe)

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