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Tsunami Survivors Fight for Land Rights

Source: Yes Magazine Tsunami Memorial in Baan Nam Khem

Thailand’s Andaman coast was flattened by the tsunami that ravaged much of Southeast Asia in 2004. In the fishing village of Baan Nam Khen alone, some 2,200 of the villageĀ“s 4,000 inhabitants died when the village was washed away.

The shocked survivors spent several weeks in inland resettlement camps, waiting to return to the places where their people had lived for generations.

When they finally returned to the places where their homes had been, however, they were in for a surprise. It wasn’t the utter destruction of their villages-they had expected that-but the chain-link fences around their land. read more