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Arie and Rahmat’s stories of survival and resistance in Lampaya – a small fishing community in Indonesia’s Aceh Province – are symbolic of the experiences millions of others had on 26 December 2004. Ten years on, the vivid images of the waves and aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami linger in our minds.