Brought to our attention recently, is this publication by Wellington photographer Noel Trustrum in which he documents the devastation, recovery and rehabilitation of Banda Aceh after the 2004 earthquake and tsunami.

“I first travelled to Banda Aceh forty-five days after the 2004 earthquake and tsunami. I was an advisor to the New Zealand Aid Programme and our focus was on long-term rehabilitation of the area. My flight to Banda Aceh was filled with medical teams from around the world, their nervous chatter indicated they never had to face a disaster of this magnitude. No one was prepared for the devastation and the resulting human and material scars that we were about to witness. Armed with a Hasselblad X-pan camera, I took it upon myself to document how the event had impacted on the land and the lives of its people.” Noel Trustrum

Noel has kindly offered this low res. pdf version for viewing.

UPDATE: Scars: Life after the Tsunami – Banda Aceh is now available for purchase (approx $US19 + postage) from Amazon using this link

Inquiries about this publication can be directed to Noel Trustrum.

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