Tsunami 10 years after: How Indonesia built back

Two families show how Banda Aceh has defied a disaster, a decade later. 

By , Staff writer

Ann Hermes

Mr. Alamsyah steers his black pickup onto a sodden grassy lot across from a building site where three men lay brick under a broiling sun. Walking up to the site, he deposits a flask of hot coffee on a plank of wood and pulls out a tape measure. With barely a word of greeting to his workers, he brushes dirt from the base of a half-built wall so he can check its height.