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Posted on 01/10/2008


Photo taken on December 26, 2004


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Remembering

Remembering
Koh Lanta Island, Thailand
December 26th, 2004
Four hours after the tsunami hit Southeast Asia

That's right, I was there.
Not a date very easy to forget since it's just one day after Christmas.

This is one of the few pictures I have of the whole thing. Right after the guy who operated the bungalows where we were staying quickly took us in his pick-up truck to a higher place in the mountains.
Other refugees were taken there as well, mostly Scandinavians.
This photo was not even taken with my camera, a friend of me shot it, I had lost mine by then.

As far as I know I am still the only Mexican survivor on record, taking into account that not many Mexicans were in the affected area, and taking into account that I am the only one appearing on a Mexican newspaper. (sorry, it is in Spanish)

Just like me being there still in one piece and unharmed, the article in the newspaper was accidental too.

I actually emailed that newspaper in Mexico to complain about nobody answering my phone calls and the emails I sent to the Mexican Embassy in Bangkok (apparently the whole Embassy staff was in a long vacation or so they say... bad timing for them, the whole country learned about that very soon).

Anyway, the newspaper did reply to me, quickly asking for my story and there you have it.

By the time of the picture I remember we had not eaten a thing since the tsunami hit so we could not hold anymore and ventured downhill to the main road to find us some food. We found a place still open and next to it another place with a tv still functioning.
It was the BBC and then we learned about the real magnitude of the incident (before that we were told rumors that it was a tsunami caused by an earthquake in Phuket island).

The first numbers showed 2,000 people killed by the tsunami throughout Southeast Asia. Then the next hour it doubled and it kept on growing exponentially for the following days, eventually taking the lives of 225,000 people in 11 countries.

That is why it is a day not very easy to forget.

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