Tens of Thousands of Acehnese Tsunami and War Orphans Abandoned
About 40,000 children who became orphans due to either the tsunami or the armed conflict have been abandoned, forcing many of them to become beggars and vagrants.
Aceh authorities managed to accommodate only 11,000 in 207 orphanages. Others lived with relatives in dire economic conditions or in temporary tents and barracks. Only 200 of the planned 1,092 schools in Aceh have been constructed to date.
“Some 40,000 Orphans in Aceh Abandoned,” Bernama (Malaysian National News Agency), 5 May 2006.