This December we launch Tsunami: 10 years after the wave, a digital exhibition to mark the tenth anniversary of a disaster that killed around 250,000 people across South Asia.
Featuring photography from the late Tim Hetherington, who travelled to Sri Lanka with Christian Aid in 2005, Tsunami shows how we spent more than £45 million helping people rebuild their lives in Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia.
In 2011, Tim was killed while covering fighting in Libya.
Tim’s thoughtful, intense work captured the mood of a coastal community learning to trust their environment again.
‘I was interested in the relationship that people have with the sea,’ he said.
‘They lived by it; they needed it and used it. When the tsunami came, it challenged this relationship.’
The exhibition also explores how the disaster triggered major changes in emergency response.
It led to better coordination between governments, the UN and civil society; made local communities better prepared to withstand future disasters; and created more reliance on local, rather than international, organisations to deliver emergency aid.
You can visit christianaid.org.uk/tsunami from mid-December.