They say an image speaks a thousand words—these images speak millions.
The Indian Ocean tsunami of December 26, 2004, which devastated the shores of 11 countries and took the lives of over a quarter of a million people, burned through the world’s consciousness for months afterwards. Just as the wave shattered everything in its path, so the stories of those who lived through it forever changed, torn apart and unraveled. The sea forced them not only to rebuild their lives, but to rewrite their stories.
So they did. They rebuilt and they rewrote.
This is the book that tells their stories, in more colors than words could ever paint.
A profoundly moving look into the unseen moments of survival, strength, and resilience among the survivors of the massive 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, this collection of rare photojournalistic images stands as testament to the extraordinary human capacity to survive the most devastating of natural disasters.
Conceived by author and entrepreneur Birgitte Rasine and sponsored by international non profit ICLEI, the original “Tsunami: stories of resilience” documentary project has now turned into a gorgeous hardcover photography book of images. Stories told in images, because no words in any language can fully express the power and drama of the hundreds of thousands of lives so profoundly changed by the very ocean that once gave us all life.