About 400,000 women in Ireland have this condition and don’t know

IMAGE

Author Ruth Gilligan: ‘I have slowly colonised our flat’s small second bedroom into my writing...

Sophie Grenham

The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Covid-19 currently has no women sitting on it. Why?

Lynn Enright

The London Fashion Week beauty trends you’ll actually want to wear

Holly O'Neill

The best lipsticks to launch in 2021, from hydrating balms to creamy mattes

Holly O'Neill

Cult perfume brand Le Labo is now a lot easier to buy in Ireland

Holly O'Neill

‘There can be no change without a voice’: Miss Limerick resigns from Miss Ireland competition

Jennifer McShane

12 Irish jewellery pieces to snap up for under €100

Victoria Brunton

Everything you need to know about the revised Living With Covid plan

Jennifer McShane

Image / Editorial

Family Reunited 10 Years After Tsunami


by IMAGE
08th Aug 2014

What unbelievable news to wake up to on a Friday morning. Turns out, there is such a thing as miracles, especially as far as this Indonesian family is concerned.

Many will vividly remember the 26th of December 2004 as a day that brought heartbreaking devastation to hundreds and thousands of families, the world over. As the Indian ocean tsunami wreaked havoc upon everything that it touched, loved ones were instantly separated, many of whom would never come face to face again, thousands of which would be instantly killed. Not so for Jamaliah who has just been reunited with her daughter Raudhatul Jannah after she went missing ten years ago.

As Jannah and her brother who were 4 and 7 respectively at the time were swept away with the enormously destructive tsunami as it hit Aceh, their parents had all but given up hope. That was until June of this year when Jamaliah’s brother was said to have laid eyes on a young teenager walking home from school who struck a nerve with him: she looked strangely similar to their long lost Jannah.
From there he began to investigate and learned that this 14 year old had indeed been struck by the tsunami which carried her from her home in Aceh to a set of remote islands towards in a south-westerly direction. The fact that she survived at all is a miracle, let alone to be reunited with her parents who also had a lucky escape.

As per The Guardian, Jannah was then rescued by a local fisherman who took her back to the mainland where his own mother would welcome Jannah into their home and raise her.

Upon hearing the news, Jamaliah and her husband visited the girl, only to discover that this 14 year old teenager was indeed their little 4 year old darling who went missing all those years ago.

?God has given us a miracle…?My husband and I are very happy… I am so grateful to God for reuniting us with our child after 10 years of being separated…?My heart beat so fast when I saw her. I hugged her and she hugged me back and felt so comfortable in my arms,? Jamaliah told AFP as per The Guardian.

Jannah has since returned home with her birth parents, it’s been reported. As for the whereabouts of her brother, who would now be 17, it’s believed that he too survived the wave but his location remains unknown. Here’s hoping that miracles come in twos, so that the whole family may become whole once again.

Main photo credit: Achwa Nussa/AAP/Sijori

Also Read

Kearney
EDITORIAL
Siobhan Kearney murder: ‘People have suggested I move on. But I can’t. You cannot be expected to forget a life force’

“He strangled my sister. He tried to disguise it as...

By Amanda Cassidy

books
EDITORIAL
8 brilliant books worth reading (that you may have missed)

 With so many brilliant books out in 2020, there’s every...

By Jennifer McShane

Danish interiors
EDITORIAL
7 highstreet Danish interiors brands to start shopping from now

Like Danish interiors but not sure where to begin shopping?...

By Megan Burns

EDITORIAL
Eclipsed: The powerful, all-female play exposing a Magdalene Laundry you need to see

‘Eclipsed’ director Kate Canning told Jennifer McShane of the challenges...

By Jennifer McShane

fireplace
EDITORIAL
How to update your tired-looking fireplace (and not just for Christmas)

It’s the centre of any space it’s in, whether it’s...

By IMAGE Interiors & Living

home in Ballsbridge house
EDITORIAL
This grand home in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 is priced at €2.95 million

Just a 15-minute drive from the city centre (and with...

By Grace McGettigan

EDITORIAL
Here’s how you can watch a new short film starring Paul Mescal

Paul Mescal fans, this one is for you… A 14-minute...

By Jennifer McShane

EDITORIAL
11 brilliant original Netflix documentaries you may have missed

All binge-worthy watches… Connected In Netflix’s new documentary series Connected,...

By Jennifer McShane