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The Meri Yulanda story: is the Indonesian tsunami girl for real?

MERI Yulanda is your feel good Christmas story for 2011. Meri, also known as Wati, was swept away from her village of Ujong Baroh on the Aceh coast, Indonesia, by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

The tsunami killed 170,000 people in Aceh alone and over 230,000 people in all.

This week, Meri Yuland turned up in Meulaboh, Aceh. She was looking for her mum and dad.

Yulanda says that in the intervening years she was forced to work as a beggar for a widow. And now, just before Boxing Day, she tues up safe and well.

Can she be believed? Is it too incredible to be true?

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Posted: 23rd, December 2011 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment