Miracle Child Comes Home 7 Years After Tsunami Swept Her Away

tsunamiHow's your 2011 been? Good enough to feel like you're going out with a bang? Maybe this will help. An Indonesian teenager swept away from her family by the rushing waters of the 2004 tsunami has just been found. ALIVE!

It's like Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa all wrapped up into one, isn't it? At the very least, it's the perfect upbeat ending to let us enter the new year feeling like there is hope in this world!


The 15-year-old girl was 8 years old when the deadliest tsunami in history hit her southeast Asian home the day after Christmas seven years ago. Powered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, the waters of the Indian Ocean killed more than 150,000 people and left millions more injured and/or homeless in 11 different countries. The girl, known as Wati, was running with her mom, Yusniar, and two siblings to find safety when the flood waters grabbed her body, pulling her away from the family. Sadly, they counted her among the dead, assuming that she was one of the many whose bodies were never recovered to provide their families closure.

News that she turned up at a coffee shop in her hometown looking like a beggar and only able to share the name of her grandfather, Ibrahim, because she'd forgotten the names of her other family members are almost too hard to believe. But it comes from the Indonesian State News Agency and has been confirmed by CNN, leaving only one conclusion: miracles do exist. How else does an 8-year-old girl: A) survive a tsunami, B) survive for seven years on her own without her family, and C) end up in her home village if her memory is so altered by the crazy circumstances she's been living under? I'm officially calling it for the miracle camp.

And I don't know about you, but I could use that feeling right now what with the current state of the economy, the impending sense of doom hanging over the 2012 election, and the warning that the world is going to end on December 21 next year.

Do you have a happy story to end out the year? Spill!


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