Two years after the tsunami of December 26, 2004, there have been major achievements on the long road to recovery among the devastated communities across the Indian Ocean region.
New Report Stresses Need for Continuity and Sets Forth Lessons for Future Recovery Efforts
New York - 21 December 2006: In a new report issued today on lessons learned in the first two years of the tsunami recovery process, former U.S.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton recently completed a three-country tour of the tsunami-affected region, which included Tamil Nadu, India, Phuket, Thailand, and Aceh, Indonesia. In this recent trip, his last as UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, President Clinton visited a range of recovery sites and projects to assess progress to date and met with key recovery stakeholders.
This Synthesis Report of the NGO Impact Initiative is the outcome of an international, collaborative process. In April 2006, nine U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) accepted the challenge of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, in his capacity as UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, to examine their own performance in five key areas. The initiative soon became broadened to include partners from around the globe, and the U.S.-based NGOs reached out to European, Australian, and Asian counterparts.
By Gaurav Garg, UNICEF India
Close Family Bonds
Serafina is one of the 31 tsunami "orphans" in Car Nicobar. Only a few days before the tsunami occurred on December 26, her parents had left the island to visit their home in Bonda in Katchal in the southern Nicobar Islands, where the father used to work as a wage labourer. The parents would not return.
Then only 3=BD years old, Serafina has no recollection of the event and the mayhem that followed.