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The New York Times > International > International Special > After Treating Victims' Bodies, Indonesia and Sri Lanka Turn to Hearts and Minds

The New York Times > International > International Special > After Treating Victims' Bodies, Indonesia and Sri Lanka Turn to Hearts and Minds | Wave- Sri Lanka | Scoop.it
Attention has begun to move away from the physical needs of victims to mental disorders like depression.
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The article says that many people after the wave were either hurt, killed, or missing. So many people, that they did not have enough psychiatrists to help all the people. They had people going through deep depression, and some even successfully killed themselves. One of the girls kept going to school after the wave happened. She said she needed to get her education so she can grow up and be successful. Doctors came in to help the wounded and even to calm some of the people down.

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The tsunami survivor who lost her whole family

The tsunami survivor who lost her whole family | Wave- Sri Lanka | Scoop.it
Sonali Deraniyagala lost her husband, children and parents in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and was maddened with grief. What has saved her, she tells Tim Adams, is daring to remember – and to write
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This article is directly translated form the book. Sonali lost her whole family and was in a very dark place.  She talks about how in the six months of the wave occurring and not being with her family, she is on suicide watch.  She talks about how her family had to watch her constantly and she saw a therapist regularly.  She stayed in her uncles home in Colombo for quite some time but she would frequently go back to London.  In about 2006 she moved to New York where she aspired to publish a book on the terrible situation.

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Sri Lanka

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Facts about Sri Lanka:
The capital is Colombo and it is an island on the Indian Ocean.
It is south of India and is slightly larger than the state of West Virginia.
It is a tropical climate and gets an average rainfall of 130cm.
They have a Democracy type of government

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Wave

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On the morning of December 26, 2004, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali Deraniyagala lost her parents, her husband, and her two y...
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Sonali and her family love to vacation to Yala, a national park on the east coast of Sri Lanka. They go a few times a year and always have a great time and make memmories. They had left their home in London before a tragedy took place. A great tsunami came and without a thought in her mind, Sonali and her family ran. While they were simply at the hotel, they had left behind Sonali's parents in hopes they would survive. Sonali's husband grabbed one of the two sons, and she had grabbed the other. The family fled to a jeep where they quickly drove off in hopes the wave would not catch them. They were driving so fast but at one point, water had won and took a toll on the family. Separating the family, Sonali couldn't find any family members. She searched and searched and later wound up at the hospital where she would wait and not get treatment in hopes her family would show up. Hours passed until she finally realized they were not going to come. Days later, they were still not to be found until a man said they might have found one of her sons but he wouldn't be alive. Sonali quickly was depressed. She felt lost, hurt, and broken. Within 24 hours of a tragic event, she gives up hope and knows that her family is dead. Days later, they had identified her husband and second son. She never went to go see them because she was so scared and didn't want to have the bad memories. She didn't even want the shirts that were still on their backs because she was so scared. Eventually she went back to London to come back to what they had left behind. Months went by where she wanted to kill herself. She attempted a few time of overdosing on pills and alcohol but failed. Her deep depression lasted years. Almost ten years later, she is still depressed on what had happened that December in 2004. She tells stories on how she remembers Christmas a few years back or how she will never see her children grow up. Sonali eventually moves to New York where she starts a new life. She still remembers what happened back in 2004 and will never forget.

For my research, I would like to find out more information on similar suicide attempts due to the wave of Sri Lanka. I think I could find many others who might have commit suicide or attempted. Also, I want to research history of Sri Lanka because that is where the book takes place and I want to get more familiar with the areas they in. Lastly, I want to research the history of the actual tsunami to learn what happened that day in December.

I didn't really like the book. It was somewhat hard to get into because it jumped around a lot. Also, it was written weird. I really didn't like how all she talked about was how she missed her children most of the book. It was hard to be sympathetic because in my head I was thinking "Okay we get it your kids did, you lost your whole family, but it's years later and you really need to get over it, move on with your life and live for yourself." That's just my opinion and it is a bit harsh but when something tragic happens I feel you should dwell on it for a while but not for 8 years.....

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In a Corner Of Sri Lanka, Devastation And Divisions.

In a Corner Of Sri Lanka, Devastation And Divisions. | Wave- Sri Lanka | Scoop.it
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The man Mr. Ansar was an equilivant to the a city manager in Sri Lanka. After the earthquack he had found over 100,000 dead and many more missing or injured. After finding his good neighbor he didn't know what to do. Later he went to one of the local banks to find many of people of loved ones who commited suicide. He told reporters that once the first wave struck, him and his family rushed to seek shelter. He said that after he found that over 500 people where still lost or unfound.

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Effect of the 2004 tsunami on suicide rates in Sri Lanka

Effect of the 2004 tsunami on suicide rates in Sri Lanka | Wave- Sri Lanka | Scoop.it
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The tsunami didn't have a huge effect on suicide rates in Sri Lanka. In 1995 there was a big earthquake and with all the emotional hit on the country, the amount of suicides in the area were huge. When the 2004 tsunami hit, there were about the same amount of suicides and there was not much change to the population of the country.

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Sri Lanka Copes

Sri Lanka Copes | Wave- Sri Lanka | Scoop.it
Galle, Sri Lanka, was wrecked by the tsunami, and now some residents are surviving on barely a glass of milk per day as they wait for more help. Allen Pizzey reports.
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The people of Sri Lanka were left with basically nothing. Most of them lost almost everything in their home and even some people. One man said it was hard to identify bodies because there were so many of them. The people said that they were just finding people to grieve over. Also, days after the tsunami, it washard to find food or shelter to live off of after so many things being destroyed. This happens in the book as well. Sonali is left with nothing and the hotel they said at was destroyed. Just like the people in the video, Sonali   grieved over the loss of her parents. "I didn't know then that their bodies  have been exhumed from a mass grave sometime in February. I didn't know that the DNA testing was being done in a laboratory somewhere in Austria. When I was told they were found, I smashed things into pieces. I didn't want them to be found now. Not as dead bodies. I didn't want them in coffins." p.48 This is just like the people in the video because they didn't want to believe that their loved ones were dead and didn't want them to think on how they will be gone forever.

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