Asian Tsunami on 26 December 2004 affected over a dozen
coastal countries in the Indian Ocean rim.
In Asia, where much of the impact
took place, these countries were (alphabetically): Bangladesh,
Burma, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Sri Lanka
In Africa, Kenya, Seychelles, Somalia
and Tanzania were affected.
here for BBC News summary of all the affected countries:
For Children of Tsunami,
we have chosen to work in the four countries that were
hardest hit by the disaster -- India, Indonesia, Sri
Lanka and Thailand.
Between them, these four countries
accounted for more than 80% of the impact and damage.
Even though they were united by the
shared disaster and tragedy, the four countries are
different in social, economic, cultural and political
- One (India) is
the largest democracy in the world.
- Another (Indonesia) has the highest
Islamic population for any country.
- Interestingly, all four are parliamentary
- Sri Lanka and Thailand have well
developed tourism industries -- which meant that among
the affected were nationals from different parts of
The project instigators, TVE Asia
Pacific, have been working in all four countries since
1996. We already had ground level access, contacts and
local knowledge to mobilise the filming within a short