saco-indonesia.com, Pemerintah Kota (Pemkot) Banda Aceh akan menggelar renungan tsunami di pelataran Balai Kota Banda Aceh. Dalam renungan itu, selain tausiah yang akan disampaikan oleh Ary Ginanjar, juga ada pemutaran film saat Aceh dilanda tsunami.

Ribuan pengunjung telah terlihat khidmat saat menonton film tsunami yang diputarkan oleh panitia. Kemudian usai pemutaran film, salah seorang musisi putra Aceh, Raffly Kande langsung menyanyikan lagu berjudul "Aneuk Yatim" (Anak Yatim).

Wakil Wali Kota Banda Aceh, Illiza Sa'aduddin Djamal juga mengatakan, setelah tsunami kota Banda Aceh ibarat kota mati. Banda Aceh telah hancur porak-poranda dan juga ribuan masyarakat telah kehilangan tempat tinggal dan juga keluarganya.

"Saat itu Banda Aceh memang jadi kota mati pasca tsunami. Wali kota saat itu Syarifuddin Latif yang juga ikut menjadi korban tsunami, Banda Aceh memang telah menjadi kota mati," kata Illiza Sa'aduddin Djamal, Rabu (25/12) malam di Balai Kota Banda Aceh.

Illiza juga menegaskan, ia telah menjadi saksi hidup dalam melakukan pembangunan kota Banda Aceh yang porak-poranda dihantam tsunami 9 tahun silam. Ribuan masyarakat telah kehilangan tempat tinggal, keluarga, dan kota Banda Aceh rata dengan tanah disapu oleh gelombang tsunami. Dan, kini Banda Aceh juga sudah kembali pulih dan tertata rapi kembali.

Atas dasar itulah, Illiza telah menyebutkan Wali Kota Banda Aceh, Mawardi Nurdin telah menjadi bapak pembangunan kota Banda Aceh. Di tengah-tengah porak-poranda Banda Aceh, ia telah berhasil kembali membangun Banda Aceh seperti saat ini yang tertata rapi.

"Bapak Mawardi Nurdin layak kita sebut sebagai bapak pembangunan di Banda Aceh," tegasnya.

Kendati demikian, Illiza juga tidak menampik pembangunan di Banda Aceh juga atas bantuan banyak pihak. Baik pihak Pemerintah Indonesia maupun pihak dunia internasional. "Terimakasih yang telah membantu Banda Aceh, baik TNI, polisi dan juga dunia internasional," imbuhnya.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

BANDA ACEH IBARAT KOTA MATI
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Many bodies prepared for cremation last week in Kathmandu were of young men from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

KATHMANDU, Nepal — When the dense pillar of smoke from cremations by the Bagmati River was thinning late last week, the bodies were all coming from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas, and they were all of young men.

Hindu custom dictates that funeral pyres should be lighted by the oldest son of the deceased, but these men were too young to have sons, so they were burned by their brothers or fathers. Sukla Lal, a maize farmer, made a 14-hour journey by bus to retrieve the body of his 19-year-old son, who had been on his way to the Persian Gulf to work as a laborer.

“He wanted to live in the countryside, but he was compelled to leave by poverty,” Mr. Lal said, gazing ahead steadily as his son’s remains smoldered. “He told me, ‘You can live on your land, and I will come up with money, and we will have a happy family.’ ”

Weeks will pass before the authorities can give a complete accounting of who died in the April 25 earthquake, but it is already clear that Nepal cannot afford the losses. The countryside was largely stripped of its healthy young men even before the quake, as they migrated in great waves — 1,500 a day by some estimates — to work as laborers in India, Malaysia or one of the gulf nations, leaving many small communities populated only by elderly parents, women and children. Economists say that at some times of the year, one-quarter of Nepal’s population is working outside the country.

Nepal’s Young Men, Lost to Migration, Then a Quake

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