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Dec 26, 2014

The 2004 Tsunami Remembered: Lost Luggage

The 2004 Tsunami Remembered: Lost Luggage

Thai police opened a shipping container filled with documents and possessions of victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami after being asked by Reuters for permission to film its contents. The three metre by 12 metre container was handed over to Thai police in 2011 and contains hundreds of plastic police evidence bags - each one holding the precious items found on the body of a victim. In Thailand, over 5,300 people were killed, including several thousand foreign tourists, when the waves swamped six coastal provinces, turning some of the world's most beautiful beaches into mass graves.

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The closed doors of a container with personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are seen outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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A mask is handed over to a policeman as the container with personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims is opened outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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A policeman opens a box with personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are carried from a container to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Policemen hold bags with personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims before they are photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Boxes with personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are put back into a container outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa DAMIR SAGOLJ/Reuters

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