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On Sunday 26 December 2004, a tsunami of up to 30 metres high hit the northern tip of Sumatera in Indonesia, causing immediate destruction and the deaths of at least 130,000 in Indonesia alone. The scale of the devastation and ensuing human suffering prompted the biggest response endeavour to any natural disaster in history.
This book analyses the different perspectives and experiences of the enormous post-tsunami reconstruction effort. It looks specifically at the reconstruction efforts in Aceh, one of the regions most heavily-hit by the tsunami and a province that has until recently suffered nearly three decades of armed conflict.
'Post-Disaster Reconstruction : Lessons from Aceh is a landmark book in drawing together different experiences and insights of the post-conflict, post-tsunami reconstruction efforts in Aceh. It is the most comprehensive account of the voices and forces at work in the rebuilding of Aceh and shows in rich detail the ways in which the complexities and challenges have been addressed.' Irwandi Yusuf, Governor of Aceh (Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam) Indonesia 'This book offers the most wide-ranging and penetrating analysis of the post-tsunami reconstruction in Aceh and it is the best book I have read about post-disaster reconstruction in general. In considering the lessons learned during the reconstruction process, it effectively blends empirical observation and the voices of disaster survivors. This book should be read not only by anyone who is involved in post-disaster reconstruction but also by victims of disaster and others who wish to understand the experience of survivors.' Professor Fuad Abdul Hamied, Deputy Minister for Education, Religion and Civil Service, Coordinating Ministry for People's Welfare, Indonesia
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