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“I was only six years old when the tsunami struck. I remember I was ill that morning. We were watching TV – a Japanese cartoon called Doraemon - and then it happened and everything changed forever.
“The earthquake sounded like a big ship coming towards us. My father went outside to see what had happened and then we heard a deafening sound, like a huge bomb, coming from the sea.