Darkness Descends on the Tsunami 10th Anniversary

And so the day draws to a close on the 10th anniversary of the 2004 tsunami. The commemoration ceremony has been held in Banda Aceh. Tears have been shed. The … Continue Reading →

Tsunami – 10 years later to the day

It is ten years to the day since the 2004 tsunami struck just off the tip of north Sumatra to spread death and destruction across the Indian Ocean. It was … Continue Reading →

The Artifice of Aceh’s Anniversary

Indonesia’s national news magazine, Tempo, invited me to write a guest column for its tsunami 10th anniversary English and Indonesian editions. It was an honour to be asked and a … Continue Reading →

Another Year of Writing

The last decade has shot past with blinding speed. First, there was the Indian Ocean Tsunami way back in December 2004. A global catastrophe affecting millions, it was massive news at the time. … Continue Reading →

Tsunami 10th Anniversary – Good, Bad & Ugly

As we proceed with the countdown to the 10th anniversary of the 2004 tsunami, expect some genuine tears and no little chest beating from some of the big global agencies … Continue Reading →

Tsunami – 10th Anniversary Facts

As we move into the countdown to the 10th anniversary of the 2004 tsunami, a few facts might help an appreciation of the scale of the tragedy and humanitarian response. … Continue Reading →

Tsunami 10th Anniversary

Almost 10 years since the 2004 tsunami. Time for the commemoration. There’ll be lots of comments. Some will be good, some bad, some self-serving rot. The big agencies will no doubt … Continue Reading →

Aussies in Aceh

For those who have followed my occasional blogs or read my books, you will know I have spent a good deal of time working in, studying and writing about disaster … Continue Reading →

The Insecure Security of Leadership

I am often prompted to respond in verse to things that others write. I did so this morning after reading a LinkedIn post from a New York correspondent concerning a … Continue Reading →

Leadership – the Missing Link

Following Tempo‘s review of Tsunami Chronicles this week, the emails started coming in. One in particular stood out from the bunch. It came from a young Indonesian woman who experienced … Continue Reading →