Sunday, 8 April 2012



We know the Tsunami 2004 disaster left a lasting imprint on humanity. Some regard it as history but there are others who still remember and endeavour to piece together the varied facets of the tragedy into documentaries. One example is the following documentary, Tsunami: Caught on Camera, which focuses on the human side of Tsunami 2004 story.


Christmas Day 2004, and across the Indian Ocean, tourists from around the globe are enjoying dream holidays in the sun. But none of them know that the very next day their video cameras will capture one of the most devastating natural disasters in recorded history. The Tsunami of 26 December 2004 (Boxing Day) was a day when nearly 250,000 people died in 14 countries.

Five years on, and told almost entirely using amateur footage, much of it never broadcast before, Tsunami: Caught On Camera is the moving true story of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami told almost entirely through survivors' own footage and their testimony - through the eyes of those who were actually there - from the time it first hit Banda Aceh right through to the time it reached Sri Lanka.

Banda Aceh - Left: Before Tsunami, Right: After Tsunami

Shot by ordinary people across the Tsunami's huge impact area, the remarkable amateur footage reveals what happened when the waves, caused by a massive underwater earthquake, hit land.

This powerful, bold and intimate film reveals what it was like to be caught up in the events of that day and tells stories of panic and heart-breaking loss, as well as courage and miraculous survival.

Whether readers have seen the documentary or not, it remains a worthy viewing, as a grim reminder of the ferocity of one of the most powerful forces in the universe – water – on God’s will.


And there's not need to remind that the Tsunami did hit Malaysia, though not as severely. Many video footages are available on YouTube. Watch two of them again here.


Last but not least, to my Malay-Muslim brothers, have you forgotten that the first place struck by the Tsunami was a Muslim country?

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