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Jamaliah, the missing girl's mother, never gave up hope of finding her daughter. (Source: TRANS TV/CNN) Jamaliah, the missing girl's mother, never gave up hope of finding her daughter. (Source: TRANS TV/CNN)
Raudatul Jannah was swept away by the Aceh tsunami in 2004 and feared dead. (Source: TRANS TV/CNN) Raudatul Jannah was swept away by the Aceh tsunami in 2004 and feared dead. (Source: TRANS TV/CNN)
Sarwani, Raudatul's adoptive grandmother, is sad to see the girl go back to her family. (Source: TRANS TV/CNN) Sarwani, Raudatul's adoptive grandmother, is sad to see the girl go back to her family. (Source: TRANS TV/CNN)

(TRANS TV/CNN) – An Indonesian girl, feared dead when she was swept away by the 2004 tsunami, has been reunited with her family nearly a decade alter.

Jannah, named Wenni by her adoptive grandmother, was spotted on the streets by family member.

There’s a look of happiness on the faces of Septi Rangkuti and Jamaliah.

The couple, now residing in North Sumatera Province, managed to find their daughter, Raudatul Jannah, after being separated from almost ten years, when the 2004 Aceh tsunami wiped out thousands of homes in Meulaboh, West Aceh, where they once lived.

Jamaliah said she never gave up hope of seeing her missing children again one day.

"In my heart, I knew they were still alive,” Jamaliah said. “My husband also felt the same. He said, ‘they're still alive,’ but like I said earlier, I asked God for direction if they were still alive. God give me a sign my children are still here."

In those ten years of separation, Raudatul was under the care of Sarwani, the mother-in-law of Bustami, the person who took her from Banyak Island, the place where she was found.

At her home in the village of Desa Pulo, Susoh District, Abdya, Raudatl was given the name Wenniati.

"I am sincerely happy her mother took her, but it hurts my heart to see my grandchild one day taken away,” Sarwani said. “It's sad right? When she was little, she was with me. Now that she's older she's being taken away. I really can't say anything."

Sarwani, on one hand, admits she’s delighted that her adopted grandchild was found by her biological parents. But on the other hand, she’s disappointed that Raudatul, or who she calls Wenni, is going to leave her.

Raudatul, now 14, admits there is not a lot she can remember before she was found ashore by locals on Banyak Island. Memories of her mother from her early childhood only reemerged when she was taken to a relative’s home in Meulaboh that was not impacted by the tsunami, and has since shed light to her identity.

"My mother called out. I picked some hairy-fruit from the garden. I was then taken out back. I stood at the door and I asked my mother, what fruit is that? Then I looked up, and kept staring at fruit on the tree. That's my only memory of my mother."

Despite being glad to be together again, Septi and Jamaliah won’t be entirely at ease until their other missing child, Arif Pratama is found. Word has it Arif was found safe with Raudatul on Banyak Island, but got separated when his sister was taken to Susoh District without him.

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