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Aceh's unfinished recovery

BANDA ACEH, 26 December 2014 (IRIN Asia) - In a guest post, Lilianne Fan with Overseas Development Institute examines the fallout of the Indian Ocean tsunami, which released the energy of 23,000 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs and devastated coastal towns and communities. The impact was global in scale - an estimated 270,000 people killed or missing across 14 countries, with casualties in 46 nations. But while the tsunami’s destruction was felt around the world, Aceh was by far the region most devastated by the disaster, bearing almost half of the total damage and losses worldwide. full report

Sri Lanka, the tsunami and the evolution of disaster response

COLOMBO, 24 December 2014 (IRIN Asia) - On the morning of 26 December 2004, Mohideen Ajeemal, a fish distributor from Sainathimaruthu, a village on Sri Lanka’s eastern coast, hurriedly climbed a coconut tree to escape rapidly rising seawater. As he did so he saw his young daughter and son struggling to save themselves. “I found both bodies later that afternoon. My son’s body was swept away about a mile, my daughter’s had got stuck in a fence,” he said. full report

Aceh redux: The legacy of Aceh’s emergency economy

BANDA ACEH, 24 December 2014 (IRIN Asia) - What happens when you suddenly inject billions of dollars, hundreds of jobs and 500 aid agencies into to an isolated corner of the world battered by more than a quarter century of conflict and then devastated by one of the world’s worst natural disasters? IRIN looks back at some of the unintended and residual consequences of the international response in Indonesia’s Aceh Province to the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004. full report

Aceh redux: The tsunami that helped stop a war

BANDA ACEH, 23 December 2014 (IRIN Asia) - When the earthquake struck, Irwandi Yusuf, a leader in the armed separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM), was startled in his prison bunk. He began to pack his possessions into a plastic bag. “The earthquake was strong, I thought there might be a tsunami,” he said. “I knew many people would run toward the main door, and the prison guard would shut the gate to stop the crowd because he didn’t know the tsunami was coming.” full report

IRIN/HPG Crisis Brief: Aid and the Islamic State

DUBAI/LONDON, 23 December 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Despite the popular perception that large parts of Iraq are cut off from international aid, new research by IRIN and the Overseas Development Institute’s Humanitarian Policy Group shows humanitarian assistance is in fact reaching people in areas of the country controlled by militants from the Islamic State. full report

Aceh redux: Aceh at 10 – A look back at the response

BANDA ACEH, 22 December 2014 (IRIN Asia) - A decade after the Indian Ocean tsunami devastated Aceh, the isolated tip of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island on the morning of 24 December 2004, IRIN looks at the unprecedented aid response, its impact on the industry, and how local people continue to be affected. full report

Yemen: What next?

SANAA, 22 December 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Yemen has been catapulted into the spotlight in recent weeks after an increase in violence, including the killing of a US journalist kidnapped by Al-Qaeda. Yet the crisis has been building since 2011 and is likely to continue in 2015. full report