Kami sendiri akhirnya bertugas di daerah Gempa/Tsunami Aceh selama dua tahun. Untuk mengenang awal-awal penanganan peristiwa itu kami memposting artikel yang menggambarkan situasi di sebuah desa di daerah Pidie, setelah 10 bulan peristiwa itu berlangsung. Artikel yang kami tulis Nopember 2005, masih bisa diakses pada mediaonline dimana kami pernah bekerja sebagai Information Officer: http://www.act-intl.org.
Ten months after the tsunami, people yearn to go back home
Ramli explained that he lost his house and boat in the tsunami, but he has been able to resume his job as a fisherman.
Ramli and Zakaria are two of the many people who have expressed out grateful they are to be going home.
Everybody is busy earning an income in various ways while they wait for their new houses to be built. Some have even provided carpentry services themselves to hurry the construction along.
Ummiah Abbah and Ainsyah Amin are two examples of women who are actively supporting their families economically while waiting for their new houses to be completed.
“My house was destroyed by the tsunami, but I miss this place to live and to work again,” she said, referring to the river near her original home. “It is too far from the barracks to work here. No place can replace the harmony in this village. When can I occupy my house, sir?” she asked with slight impatience.
The village where Ummiah and Ainsyah live is 200 kilometers southwest of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province. The village is two kilometers off the main road. When the earthquake and tsunami struck here ten months ago, houses and property - boats, cattle, shrimp ponds and personal belongings – were damaged or destroyed. One woman was killed, and many people were injured. Before the tsunami, Lampoh Kawat was rich in resources. It is located near the coast of Malacca Straits, where people catch fish in abundance, raise shrimp in ponds, raise animals and grow coconuts. Plenty of pandanus trees, used as a craft material, also grow naturally in this tiny village of 34 households.
Since August, CWS-ACT has completed some of the 34 houses in the shelter program for the families of Lampoh Kawat whose houses were destroyed. CWS-ACT plans to build 300 houses across Aceh, but is finding it difficult to locate the right land for new houses. A lack of coordination and persistent claims from other donor agencies over land ownership has led to confusion among the local authorities and community members.