Girl believed lost in 2004 Indonesia tsunami reunites with parents

Posted at 5:27 PM, Aug 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-08 17:48:18-04

(PIX11) — An Indonesian girl believed to have been lost in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami along with her brother was reunited with her family.

Raudhatul Jannah, was 4 years old when she, along with her older brother, were swept away when huge waves struck their home on western Sumatra island, on Dec. 26, 2004.

After the tsunami, Jannah was carried to some remote islands and rescued by a fisherman, who took her back to the mainland to be raised by his mother.

Jannah’s mother, Jamaliah, and father survived the tsunami, which was triggered by an earthquake off the coast and killed tens of thousands of people in the surrounding area.

Jannah’s uncle discovered  her walking home from school in a local village, AFP reported.

After Jamaliah, who goes by one name, heard that  her long-lost daughter may have been found,  she and her husband had a tearful reunion with Jannah in late June.

“My husband and I are very happy,” Jamaliah told AFP. “I am so grateful to God for reuniting us with our child after 10 years of being separated.”

Jannah’s 7-year-old brother was also lost. Jamaliah said he also survived, but they have not yet located him.