24 Dec 2011

Asian tsunami girl reunited with her family

11:27 am on 24 December 2011

An Indonesian girl separated from her family during the 2004 Asian tsunami is now reunited with them after seven years as a street kid.

The ABC reports Mary Yuranda, now 14, showed up at a cafe in Aceh province, looking for her parents.

According to her father, Tarmius, she told her parents she had finally been let go by a woman who had taken her in and forced her to work as a street beggar.

He said a taxi driver helped her return home in Meulaboh after she told him the names of her village and her grandfather, a well-known religious leader in the village.

Her mother, Yusnidar, recognised her by birthmarks on her belly and a mole and scar on her face.