Two survivors from the Dec. 26, 2004 tsunami. This young girl lost her 22 years old father in the catastrophy and is now being brought up by his older brother. The two of them plus the mother of the child and the grandfather are now living in a temporary shelter and though the child sometimes cry and asks for her father hope and happiness is slowly coming back to her eyes.
The train is the background is the “Samudra Devi” or “Queen of the Sea”. On the day of the tsunami the train was on it's way from the capital Colombo to Matara. After the first wave had hit survivors where running for shelter inside the train. The other gigantic wave hit the train in Telwatta near Hikkaduwa and threw all nine carriages more than one hundred meters away. At least 95% of the 2.000 passengers didn't survive. This is the worst train disaster the world has ever seen and survivors are talking about a "wall of water" that hit the train. The carriages that you see is now due to become a monument and it's now called "The train of death".
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PaulCornish (157) 2005-06-28 8:27
interesting picture Jakob. The baby doesnt seem to understand whats going on, even though the man seems extatic. Might have looked better without the close crop, but otherwise good shot.
summersun (4978) 2005-06-28 11:19
I like the hope given by this image, with the clear happiness on the man's face, and the cute baby look. I wish them all the best for the future.
Ina (2687) 2005-06-28 12:10
Lovely and very cute picture of this little girl and her brother... The story you tell us about them is so very sad but yet you bring a little hope ... Thanks... Ina...
linus (8) 2005-06-28 22:25
Thanks for posting this photo Jacob. I see hope in the man's simile and lack of fear in the eyes of the little girl. All the best wishes to them for a bright future.
eladen (239) 2005-07-08 12:46
Great job with the two expression as well as an interesting subject for the background. Thanks for the note as well. Great job.
- Copyright: Jakob Rutqvist (rutti) (249)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-04-30
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon PowerShot S50 digital
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/25 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Father and Son [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-06-28 8:03