NAM KHEM: Ten years after the 2004 tsunami, a visit to “Saltwater Village”

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Ships remain in a park by a school in Nam Khem village, destroyed by the Dec. 26, 2004 tsunami.

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— photos by Christopher Johnson all rights reserved —

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The tsunami memorial reminds visitors of the thousands of people who died in the tsunami.

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Tourists can enjoy the natural beauty and tranquility of Water Palm Resort by the river in Nam Khem village.

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Birds like it too.

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Many families have rebuilt their homes by the coast, while others moved away from the sea that took their loved ones.

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The dark, churning waters Daew’s son from her arms, and drowned her mother who tried to climb a tree. But she and her husband Tham survived. Their daughter Nong Prae was born three years later.

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Tham, who works at the Community Development Center sponsored by the Baptist church, enjoys fishing in his long tail boat on weekends.

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His father’s old boat remains on the beach, unrepaired since the tsunami.

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True to its name, there’s a lot of water in Saltwater Village, providing mirrors to reflect colorful skies.

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The Buddha sits by the beach, holding back the tide.

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