WFP Photographer Returns To Aceh 10 Years After Tsunami

by World Food Programme | World Food Programme
Monday, 22 December 2014 02:40 GMT

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As WFP’s lead photographer, Rein Skullerud witnessed the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami in the city of Aceh, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Ten years later he went back to the same places with his camera. Using the photos in this gallery, he reflects on his experiences during his first visit and how things have changed since.

BANDA ACEH -- "It was really good to go back after ten years. I was seriously shocked by what I saw in 2005. When I arrived the first time, I took a walk in the city centre and saw bodies lying around and body parts sticking out of the rubble. It has stayed with me to this day. The image of bulldozers pushing bodies into mass graves as if they were clay has never left me."

"I think about those people every day. I've even had recurring nightmares that I was in a Tsunami with my children. I desperately grab the kids by the hand and start running for high land to try to reach safety. It was good to go back and see that lives have been rebuilt. It was a kind of closure for me."

Rein Skullerud, Head Photography Unit, World Food Programme