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On the 10th anniversary of tsunami, Indonesia thanks Poland for help

After the tsunami and its catastrophic consequences, Poland was one of the countries that helped Indonesia a decade ago. To mark the anniversary of these tragic events, Indonesian authorities thanked all the helper-nations for their support.

Along with the local authorities of the Aceh province, Vice President Jusuf Kalla awarded the helper-states with souvenir diplomas. In the name of Poland, this expression of gratitude was received by a representative of Polish Embassy in Jakarta, Maciej Duszyński. The celebrations took place in the capital of the province, Banda Aceh, as part of the 10th anniversary of the tsunami, which deprived almost two hundred thousand inhabitants of their lives in the region, while hundreds of thousands were left without a roof over their heads.  

As part of the celebrations, ambassadors and representatives of embassies took part in a vigil in the main mosque in Banda Aceh and in a concert with a theme Aceh thanks the world. They also toured exhibitions prepared by international organisations and NGOs that were responsible for cleaning up the aftereffects of the tsunami.

After the calamity struck, Polish government provided medicine, painkillers, bandages and disinfectants worth a million zlotys. Along with the help of NGOs and public collections of money,  the cumulative worth of gifts from Poland is estimated at around 3 million zlotys. At the same time, Polish MFA gave one hundred and fifty thousand zlotys to the Indonesian Red Cross Society. Poland also played an important role in preparation of EU action plan within the framework of humanitarian aid for the region stricken by the tsunami.

Thanks to the mutual initiative of Caritas Polska and TVN Foundation ‘’Nie Jesteś Sam’’ a community of 81 detached houses was built in West Aceh region of Indonesia.

At the turn of 2006 and 2007, Polish Medical Mission helped with supplying medical centres in the Aceh province that were the worst struck by the tsunami. The health system was badly hit by the disaster. Polish Medical Mission bought medical equipment and medicine for six hospitals and three clinics in the province.

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