The Jakarta Post
Visitors explore the Aceh Tsunami Museum in Banda Aceh. Aceh was the region worst affected by the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in 2004. (Shutterstock/File)
A 9.3-magnitude earthquake in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Aceh struck the province on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2004, unleashing a tsunami. Although the tsunami hit other countries, including India, Thailand and Sri Lanka, Aceh was the region worst affected.
Fast forward to 2018, with the help of many people from various countries, including NGOs, militaries and private companies, Aceh has recovered from the natural disaster.
The 14th commemoration of the Aceh Tsunami is slated for Dec. 26 at the Grand Mosque of Tgk. Chik Maharaja Gurah, Peukan Bada district, Aceh Besar regency -- which was one of the worst affected areas.
Open to the public, the “Build Together, Stay Alert”-themed event is said to feature popular preacher Abdul Somad.
According to Aceh Tourism Agency marketing head Rahmadhani Sulaiman in statement sent to The Jakarta Post, the 14th commemoration of the tsunami aims at reflecting on the past tragedy and appreciate those who supported Aceh's recovery. It also seeks to educate on disaster risk reduction and promote Aceh as a memory tourism destination. (jes/kes)