Girl Swept to Sea In 2004 Tsunami Found

    Fifteen-year-old Wati, second right, poses for a photograph with her father Yusuf, right, mother Yusniar, left, and younger brother Aris at their home in Meulaboh, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. The girl who was swept away in the Indian Ocean tsunami seven years ago has been reunited with her parents. (AP Photo)

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    This is the type of story that will warm even the Grinch’s heart. Seven years ago, Wati, a young girl, was swept into the Indian Ocean by the massive tsunami that killed 230,000 people in the region. Her parents assumed she was dead, along with their two other daughters. But Wati, now 15 years old, showed up at a cafe near her home town in Indonesia earlier this week, saying she had been forced to work as a beggar and had finally escaped. She was led to her grandfather, who brought her to her parents.

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