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Children absorbing parents' grief

Many kids who can't recall the 2004 tsunami have experienced the trauma vicariously through family members who were there

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  • Writer: Paritta Wangkiat
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Sathaporn Hatip, 16, does not remember the tsunami but continues to struggle with its aftermath eight years after it struck his hometown. 

Pinyo Suksoi, 38, embraces his nine-year-old son as the two visit the Tsunami Memorial at Ban Nam Khem, which was devastated by the 2004 tsunami, in Phangnga’s Takua Pa district. Mr Pinyo is being treated for depression resulting from post-disaster trauma. PARITTA WANGKIAT

"I am not happy," said the Grade 9 student who describes himself as "mischievous". He goes to Baan Nam Khem school only once a week.

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