The Hua Laem Tsunami Relief Effort

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Koh Lanta, Thailand--Esteemed Buddhist monk, Buddha Isara, walks through the remaining debris in the village of Hua Laem on Koh Lanta, Thailand, after the village lost many of its homes and fishing boats to the Tsunami on December 26th, 2004. Isara, who pledged to supply the materials and experienced labor needed to repair the village's fishing boats.  In addition, Isara plans to live in the village for several weeks, primarily to send a message to the Thai government of peaceful resistance to the relocation plans. Within Thailand, Isara is seen as a modern-day Gandhi figure, thus giving the villagers a powerful voice. 01/31/05 © Julia Cumes / The Image Works