Malaysia Kids Recover After the Tsunami

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A group of teenagers gather to express themselves through drawing. They were all affected by the tsunami bu...
A group of teenagers gather to express themselves through drawing. They were all affected by the tsunami but today they are most concerned about the dangers of drugs. 16-year-old Nor Soffi adds color to her sign warning against drug use. She comes here regularly, under the guidance of a local artist. This is the latest in a series of art and theater workshops for young people in Kota Kuala Muda and the island of Langkawi - the hardest hit areas of the Malaysian coast. The meetings were originally conceived by UNICEF and its partner organization, EMPOWER, as a place for youth to learn to open up and deal with the impact of the tsunami. UNICEF and EMPOWER also set up youth leadership camps to build confidence and motivation. Two years later, many teenagers say the tsunami has become less and less relevant. So the activities now focus on more pressing issues such as HIV and AIDS, sexuality and violence.
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