This photo of the train flipped over in ruins really gives me an idea of how powerful the tsunami actually was. It's sad to think that some people were engulfed in the same wave that could destroy trains.
This photo shows a little Sri Lankan girl crying in the tsunami aftermath. Although you don't know her back story, it's sad to think that she could've lost her family and everyone else she knew. She could've lost her home and everything she owned. Even if she didn't lose anyone or anything, there are children who did. No child should have to go through this.
The article "The Day after Christmas" is an editorial about the tsunami that occured in Sri Lanka in December 2004. It is an informational piece about details of the tsunami. It mentions "We learned from the recent tragedy that a tsunami strikes fast. In fact, it catches people off-guard as water recedes thus exposing the ocean floor." Based off of what Deraniyagala said, we found this to be very true. Although Sonali and her husband Steve were sprinting with their children in their arms for safety, even driving in a jeep, the tsunami was faster and engulfed their vehicle. It is very sad to think that they never had a chance.
The Day the Wave Came (2005): Personal accounts and documentation of an enormous tidal wave in the Pacific, causing extraordinary destruction. For downloads ...
Eliza Grey's insight:
The Day the Wave Came was a documentary made in 2005 about the Boxing Day survivors of the 2004 Sri Lanka Tsunami. Reporter Ross Coulthart traveled to the area to interview survivors of the tragedy. This documentary is a minute by minute recollection of what happened that horrific day to those who survived and about those who didn’t.
This documentary relates to the novel “Wave” by Sonali Deraniyagala because it’s story of how she coped with the aftermath of the tsunami that occurred on December 26, 2004. A lot of the survivors Coulthart interviewed had similar stories to Deraniyagala where they lost entire families. In one case, the only survivors—two brothers—lost their parents and their little sister. The video puts the book into perspective for me and makes the book that much more real.
This photo relates to my topic because in the novel, Deraniyagala's family is found and then identified from a mass pile of bodies just like the one in this photo. Also, she visits a mass grave with a family member and ends up talking to a local boy about them. The little boy talks about how morbid and disgusting they are. My reaction to this photo is disgust. Although they don't know who this person belongs to, this body is identified by a number. It seems really impersonal.
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Eliza Grey's insight:
The novel “Wave” by Sonali Deraniyagala is a heart wrenching, descriptive memoir of the tsunami in Sri Lanka and how she lost her whole family because of it. The story starts in 2004 just moments before the tidal wave hit, Sonali is in her hotel with her husband, Steve, and her two sons, Vik and Malli. It takes a turn for the worse when she notices the tide gradually get higher and higher. Their family takes off fleeing from what’s about to happen but is too late. The jeep they were riding in gets engulfed with the water and soon it’s every man for themselves. Sonali wakes up in the water being whisked away with no one in sight. Not long after she is saved, she is taken to her brother’s house in a town nearby where it hits her that her family is dead. She decides she does not want to live any longer and her family eventually hides the knives and pills from her so she can’t kill herself. Soon, Deraniyagala starts to gradually visit places she visited with her family all while getting addicted to alcohol and pills. The hallucinations help her forget the terror and her life without her family. As the first anniversary of the tsunami approaches, Sonali starts harassing the family that moved into her parents’ house and gets out of control with it. She gets better as the book goes on, but even four years after the accident and she finally gets the courage to visit their home in London. Although, now seven years later, Deraniyagala is functioning but she’ll never forget the horror that happened on December 26, 2004.
The scopes I am going to focus on in this novel are addictions, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and the tsunami that hit Sri Lanka in 2004. In the novel, Sonali turned to alcohol and pills to cope with the loss of her family. The hallucinations distracted her from the reality of the situation. “Each night I hoped to die from my frenzied drinking. And it diluted my terror of getting to sleep. I knew I had to wake up the next morning and relearn the truth all over again.” (Deraniyagala, pg. 54) Another hardship Deraniyagala suffered from was depression. She would often hide under blankets for hours, drown herself in alcohol, and self-harm. “I was searching the internet for ways of killing myself, as I often did then, when one click led to another…” (Deraniyala, pg. 47) The last scope I’m focusing on is the tsunami itself. Although the story started right as the wave hit, the descriptive words Deraniyagala uses really puts it into perspective how large the wave actually was. “The foam turned into waves. Waves leaping over the ridge where the beach ended. This was not normal. The sea never came this far in.” (Deraniyala, pg. 5) The way she used short, almost abrupt sentences shows how serious the situation was. These three scopes are three of the most important themes of the novel “Wave” by Sonali Deraniyagala.
This is a picture of the actual wave that hit. It was caused by an earthquake and ended up being a 30 foot wave, one of the biggest in history. This picture puts me in awe. Thinking that people saw that wave in person and were forced to run from it to save themselves saddens me beyond belief. I would never be able to go through what they did.
On the day after Christmas in 2004, a giant tsunami killed 225,000 people in a matter of seconds in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and the surrounding region. AmeriCares emergency relief was followed by a comprehensive, long-term commitment to help the survivors of this terrible tragedy rebuild healthcare and revive hope. With more than $50 million of resources, clinics were rebuilt, lifesaving medicines and supplies were provided and health care workers were trained.
Eliza Grey's insight:
AmeriCares is a non-profit organization that sends medical and health care to countries in time of need. They helped not only the people in Sri Lanka after the tsunami, but other places like Philippines after the typhoon, the earthquake in Haiti, and several other locations. According to the website, AmeriCares sent "seven airlifts, carrying 60 tons of lifesaving medicines, emergency supplies and water purification treatments worth approximately $12 million" to Sri Lanka immediately after the tsunami. Because of this organization, the buildings were rebuilt faster and the residents were trained so they could get jobs.
The article "The Saturday Essay: The Darkness That Has Brought Humanity Light" written by Anthony Storr talks about depression and its causes and symptoms. Storr mentions what people with severe depression should do and even points out the link between mental illnesses and creativity using Graham Greene, an author, as an example. In the article, Storr writes "A period of depression following the loss of a loved partner is inescapable. It is a necessary precursor to adopting a new, more positive attitude to life either in solitude or with a new partner." This is related to Sonali Deraniyagala's novel "Wave" because she writes "I was terrified of everything because everything was from that life. Anything that excited them, I wanted destroyed. I panicked if I saw a flower. Malli would have stuck it in my hair. I couldn't tolerate a blade of grass. That's where Vik would have stamped. At dusk I shuddered when I glimpsed the thousands of bats and crows that crisscrossed the Colombo sky. I wanted them extinct, they belonged in my old life, that display always thrilled my boys." (Deraniyagala, pg. 41) This shows how everything she did or saw reminded her of her lost loved ones.
Sri Lanka is a relatively small country located in the Indian Ocean in South Asia. Although known for its devastating tsunami in 2004 and the Sri Lankan Civil War, which ended just five years ago, it has so much more to offer. From its stunning architecture and beautiful beaches to its captivating culture, Sri Lanka is the ideal island. In addition to that, its growing economy and tropical climate makes Sri Lanka the perfect place to not only travel to, but also live in.
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