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On December 26th, 2004, an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.3 hit the Western coastal areas of Indonesia, claiming the lives of an estimated 126,000 people, also displacing 650,000 from their homes. The deadliest natural disaster in recorded history, destroying the livelihoods of the islanders, and devastating the fragile coral reefs.The worst hit areas were on the Western Costal regions of Sumatra, which saw up to 30 meter high waves inundating the shallow reefs. 10 years on these images depict current traditional day to day life in the tribal village of Hiliaetaniha in Teluk Dalam in South Nias, and orphanages on the tiny islands of Nias and Asu as they continue to struggle to rebuild their livelihoods and adapt to modern day life. The children who's ages reflect the amount of time gone by since the devastation and Christianity which rose up in the aftermath.
Asu sunsetmap of SumatraNias is famous for it's world class wavesTiny island of Asu30 meter high waves smashed into the fragile coral reefdeserted shells of former homes stand emptylocal fisherman on Niassurviving livelihoodschildren play in the waterStruggling livlihoodssimple kitchen layoutChristian religion predominantly took over from Muslim traditionsRemaining livelihoodSurvivors from the tsunamiorphanage lunch of rice and vegetablestransport around the islandafter school at the orphanagelearning new skillstools for the garden where they grow their foodbawa and asu surf 304