“The Indian Ocean tsunami changed lives around the world forever.  Entire communities were obliterated in moments.  Families were robbed of children, sisters, brothers and parents.  In an unprecedented expression of international grief and solidarity, millions of people across the globe mobilised in support of one of the largest relief efforts in history. 

“UNICEF teams were on the frontline in eight countries, delivering life-saving aid and protecting children from danger amidst unimaginable scenes.   

“Ten years on we have all learned lessons from the tsunami aid operation that have fundamentally altered the way we work.  We have prioritised helping countries hit by disasters such as the tsunami to build back better – constructing earthquake-resilient schools, introducing safer water supplies, ensuring schools prepare children for emergencies and improving legal and social measures to protect children.  We have also invested in building resilience to shocks and disasters by supporting decentralised and community-based health, water and sanitation, education, and social protection systems, working with government and civil society to provide tangible services for children and their families.”    

“UNICEF is determined that the legacy of the Indian Ocean tsunami must be more disaster-resilient societies for children – both in the region and around the world.”

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Notes for editors

Video and photos marking the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami are available for download here: http://uni.cf/13hsLxH

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