Aceh before and after. Photos: Reuters, Raj Nadarajan
Girls play on a beach of a lagoon at Ulee Lheu in Banda Aceh, 26 November 2014. The lagoon was formed by the building of a breakwater that was built after the tsunami. Photo: Raj Nadarajan
Junaidi, 56 (L) and his son Sunardi, 10, in front of their home in Kreung Raya, north of Aceh. Sunardi was only 57 days old when the tsunami struck and was swept him away from the arms of his father. Junaidi later found him before running to higher ground. They now live away from the sea and at a higer elevation. He built his home from debris left behind by the tsunami, next to a mass grave. Photo: Raj Nadarajan
Young men play football at the Blang Padang park, while the tsunami museum sits in the background. Life has generally gone back to normal for the Acehnese, 10 years after the tsunami struck the province. Photo: Raj Nadarajan
Women walk on the beach at Lampuuk, 40km away from Banda Aceh. Before the tsunami, the original beach was more than 1km away, before being eroded by the tsunami. This new beach gets busy with more than 1000 people visiting it on weekends, bathing in the sea and relaxing in little sheds. Photo: Raj Nadarajan
An abandoned home by the sea that was damaged by the tsunami, is now used as a pen to rear goats, in Krueng Raya, Aceh besar. Photo: Raj Nadarajan
Debris from the tsunami lay on the beach at Ulee Lheu in Banda Aceh. The coastal town sits on the tip of Sumatra Island and was severely damaged and submerged by the tsunami. Photo: Raj Nadarajan
A man cuts the grass at the Lambaro Tsunami Mass Grave in Siron Village. The mass grave is the biggest in Aceh, where 46,718 tsunami victims are buried. Photo: Raj Nadarajan
Zul Fitriadi, 34, was working in Malaysia when the tsunami struck his village of Lampuuk in Banda Aceh. The tsunami wiped out his entire family and halved the population of the village. He returned to the village 2 years ago to set up a beach side restaurant, but coming back, he says, was bittersweet. Photo: Raj Nadarajan

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