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Family reunited 10 years after tsunami

10 years after one of the most deadly tsunami’s that struck the Indian ocean, a family has been reunited. 

Septi Rangkuti and his wife Jamaliah thought they had lost their two children when the tsunami hit and the two kids were swept away by the rushing waters.  What they didn’t know was that a fisherman had rescued the brother and sister, but did not know how to locate their families.  Jannah, the daughter was adopted by a family, and the 7-yr old son at the time became an orphan boy who spent his nights on the streets. 

An uncle of the family spotted Jannah who 10 years later is now a 14 year old girl in a village nearby.  He thought the girl resembled her, and ended up confirming that it was indeed Jannah.  The family then went on the news trying to find their son, and a woman living 560 miles away recognized the photo and thought it could be this orphan boy who would sometimes sleep in her café.  She showed the boy a picture of the family and he explained “That’s mother!”.  The family would soon be reunited as one.


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It sounds like the storyline from a movie. A five-year-old boy gets separated from his brother at a train station in India. He boards the wrong train by himself and falls asleep. He awakens on the east side of India. The events that follow include him trying to scrounge his way back home, nearly drowning and almost being sold into slavery.

What would happen next in this movie? You’ve probably seen enough plot lines to guess. He didn’t make it home at this time, but he does go on to become a successful businessman and, of course, found his family in the end.

While this may sound like a Hollywood or Bollywood-directed event, the story covered by Tasmania‘s The Mercury is Saroo Brierley’s reality.

Child Lost for 25 Years With Help of Google Earth, Facebook

Saroo Brierley reunited with his mother. (Photo via The Mercury)

The Mercury has more on Brierley’s story that eventually led him to find his family 25 years later:

He eventually was declared a lost child and placed in an orphanage before being adopted by Tasmanian parents. Mr Brierley now helps run their family industrial supplies business, Brierley Hose and Handling.

Mr. Brierley said he never forgot where he came from and, three weeks ago, he returned to India find his family.

“I kept in my head the images of the town I grew up in, the streets I used to wander and the faces of my family, I treasured those memories,” he said.

 For 10 years, Brierley said he tried to find his family on the Internet but one tool in particular became especially helpful: Google Earth. Brierley said he used the service to zoom in on areas in the country where he was originally from to find anything he could recognize. Eventually, it was the original train station that helped him identify his hometown. The Mercury reports at this point Brierley joined a Facebook group for the town of Ganesh Talai. With more details from questioning members of that group, he visited the town and searched until he was reunited with his family.

But the heartfelt drama of this Brierley‘s story doesn’t stop there. The Mercury reports the older brother who originally accompanied Brierley to the train station on the day he was lost was found dead on the tracks.

The Daily Mail reports Brierley, who was adopted by Tasmanian parents while still young, doesn’t plan to move back to India but will maintain strong contact with his biological family there. The Daily Mail also states that he plans to make a movie of his story.


Klimas, Liz. "‘Lost Child’ Reunited With Family 25 Years Later Thanks to Google Earth and Facebook" The Blaze. 15 March 2012. Web. 

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 — Cathy Bush was 13 the last time she saw her dad.

Then, because of circumstances beyond her control, "I wasn't allowed to see him," she said. Her dad moved to Arizona, while she grew up in Illinois.

Once she turned 18, "I decided I was going to pursue a relationship with my dad . if he wanted a relationship with me," she said.

Through the years, they've talked by telephone and corresponded through mail, but neither had the resources to visit in person.

Until Monday.

Bush won a Christian radio station contest aimed at helping people make their dreams come true.

On Monday afternoon, her dream came true at the Indianapolis International Airport. She cried as she hugged the dad she hasn't seen since Thanksgiving nearly 24 years ago.

Finally, her two children, Rachel, 11, and J.J., 2, were able to meet the grandpa they've only talked to on the telephone.

"We're doing good, Dad," Bush told her father, Darold Murray, 63, who sat in a wheelchair and wore shorts — not quite prepared for the cold Indiana air. He carried his possessions in a small orange gym bag.

"You look like your mom," he told her, and she responded, "Mom told me, 'You look like your dad.'" Her mother passed away several years ago.

After a few minutes of conversation, Cathy, her husband, James, and J.J. left briefly to get the SUV so she could pick up her dad without him having to walk too far. But before they went, J.J. wanted to give grandpa a kiss.

Meanwhile, 11-year-old Rachel waited with her grandfather in the baggage claim area. "Grandpa, I want this week to last 20 years," she said.

She also asked, "How did you know my grandma?" and he replied, "I married her."

Soon, the reunited family was on its way to Brazil to spend a week getting reacquainted. "This is what I've wanted for a long time," Bush said.

A Champaign, Ill.-based radio station, WBGL, made the visit possible. The station conducted a contest called Make Your Move "to help people fulfill their dreams," Bush said. She emailed them and told them her dream and what was holding her back. She was selected as one of 10 winners.

WBGL is a contemporary Christian radio station that can be heard in Terre Haute at 88.5 FM.

The radio station had sponsors that helped pay for some of the expenses associated with Murray's visit, including roundtrip airfare, a gas card for Bush to drive to the airport and a gift certificate for dinner. They'll also have a photo session on Friday.

"We helped get them on the road to fulfilling their dream," said Jennifer Briski, the radio station's promotions director.

The station received almost 400 entries in the contest, she said. Bush's story "pulled at our heartstrings," Briski said. "For us to be able to have a small part in this was a unique opportunity."

Family problems and alcohol played a part in the family's long separation, Bush said. "He asks if I have forgiven him; I tell him the past is the past," she said. "I won't get those years back, but I have the present time. I want my kids to know Grandpa."


The Associated Press. "Contest reunites Indiana woman, dad after 2 decades" The Associated Press. 6 March. 2012. Web. 

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