Miracle do happen – ie., in the case of a 14-year girl from a village in Acheh that finally reunited with her parents a decade later.
She was swept away to a remote island by the devastating 2004 tsunami and was given up for dead, her mother told AFP Thursday.
“God has given us a miracle,” said Jamaliah, the mother of Raudhatul Jannah, who went missing when she was just four years old.
Jannah and her seven-year-old brother were carried off when huge waves struck their home in West Aceh district on December 26, 2004.
Jamaliah, 42, and her husband survived the quake-triggered tsunami that killed tens of thousands in Aceh, on western Sumatra island, and had long ago given up hope of finding either of their children alive.
She was rescued by a fisherman who took her back to the mainland and handed to her mother.
Jannah, who was called Wenni by the elderly woman who raised her, returned to her hometown to be with her parents on Wednesday.
Her brother, Arif Pratama Rangkuti, also survived after being swept away to the same islands, Jamaliah said, but added his whereabouts were unknown.
The tsunami killed more than 170,000 people in Aceh, and tens of thousands of others in other countries around the Indian Ocean.