"Remembering the Indian Ocean Tsunami, 12 Years On"

12 years ago, on 26 December 2004, Aceh was struck by a 9.1 magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami that affected 14 countries and left more than 200,000 people dead and missing in Aceh alone.

The tsunami took place when Aceh was under civil emergency following the breakdown of peace talks on the 30 year conflict in Aceh between the Free Aceh Movement and the Government of Indonesia. The tsunami triggered not only a massive international humanitarian response and reconstruction effort but also a new peace process which led to the historic signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to bring the armed conflict to an end, ushering in a new era of self-goverment and democratic transition in Aceh.

The tsunami recovery and peace process offer many lessons for Aceh, the region and the wider international community on disaster response, recovery, reconstruction and peace-building. 

For the people of Aceh, the journey of recovery is not over. 12 years after the Boxing Day tsunami, as the people of Aceh remember the loved ones they lost and offer thanks for their survival and recovery, let's reaffirm our commitment to the people of Aceh and to disaster preparedness and peace building everywhere.

We are dedicated to cultivating and upholding values of humanity, dignity, peace and sustainability in Aceh and Southeast Asia.