museum commemorating the victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami has been opened in the Indonesian province of Acehon May 18, 2010 at 2:25 am
It has been planned and designed as a symbolic reminder of the disaster, as well as an educational centre. In addition it will also serve as an Emergency disaster shelter in case the area is ever hit by a tsunami again.
Aceh served as home for more than half the 240,000 people who died in the disaster. The outburst of aid which followed was the largest in history. Almost all that aid money has now been spent – gone to pay for more than 130,000 houses and thousands of kilometers of road, bridges, as well as schools, and other infrastructure.
Yet this new museum building, paid for by Ache’s Reconstruction Fund, breaks with the tradition of post-disaster construction.