Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, also known as the Boxing Day Tsunami. On Sunday, December 26th 2004 an earth quake measuring 9.2 on the richter scale, with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia; caused a tsunami which cost the lives of 230000 people in fourteen countries in Asia and Africa.
I covered the immediate aftermath of the disaster un Thailand’s south for several British publications. It was a big turning point in my career, frustrated by the British and western media’s initial obsession with western-centric stories, I spent a lot of my own time concentrating on the local fishing village of Baan Nahm Kem, a village heavily affected by the tsunami. After my experience covering the disaster, I decided to move away from hard news and work more on long form features. I returned many times to Baan Nahm Kem in the months following the tsunami. The story “The fishing village” was the result of these trips.