International Federation Sri Lanka delegation.
When the waves of the 2004 Tsunami finally
receded, Upali, 52, was found clinging to a coconut tree - barely alive.
He had suffered a stroke a month before the 2004 tsunami and was just recovering
when the tidal wave struck. Upali, his wife Rupawathie, 45, and his four
children live in Peraliya, Galle district - a coastal village in the south
of Sri Lanka.
Although Upali and his family survived,
to this day, Upali suffers from the effects of the tidal wave. Not only
did he have to be hospitalized for a month afterwards, his leg was left