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05/10/05 04:00AM
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» WIXT News Channel 9 - Friday, February 18, 2005.

Kari and Kelly: From Ithaca to Indonesia
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» WIXT News Channel 9 - Monday, January 3, 2005.

Student searches for family
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» The Ithaca Journal - Monday, January 3, 2005.

South Asia Tsunami's Effects Felt Here; Death Tolls Rises
Ten members of Mahdi's family among the missing

The news trickled in slowly, and the more Saiful Mahdi learned, the worse it got.

At first, the Cornell doctoral student assumed his family -- living eight kilometers from the shore in the Aceh province of Indonesia -- would remain out of the reach of last week's deadly tsunami. ... [read more] [cached]

 

» The Cornell Daily Sun - Thursday, January 20, 2005.


 
Graduate student helps relief effort after losing family members

The effects of the recent South Asia tsunami were felt by the Cornell community, even while students were on their winter break.

Saiful Mahdi grad, whose family lived in Aceh, Indonesia, returned home in early January to search for family members. Mahdi, according to Mazalan Kamis grad, a close friend and neighbor, lost 15 immediate and extended family members in the disaster... [read more] [cached]

» Cornell Chronicle - Thursday, January 20, 2005.

Local tsunami relief effort is close to home for Cornell grad student

Saiful Mahdi's Jan. 14 report from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, was grim.

"Dead bodies are still everywhere," the Cornell doctoral student told friend and Cornell postdoc Mazalan Kamis. "Many more are expected as mountains of rubble are yet to be cleared." ... [read more] [cached] [pdf]
 

 

» International Students and Scholars Office, Cornell University


 
Tsunami Disaster

The International Students and Scholars Office joins the entire university in expressing our support and concern to all those affected by the recent tsunami in South Asia. We send our condolences to all those who may have lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy. We share in the grief and ongoing concern that the entire world feels.... [read more] [cached]

» Bernama - Malaysian National News Agency - Sunday, January 23, 2005 14:01 PM

An Extraordinary Friendship

Malaysian Dr Mazalan Kamis, a post-doctoral fellow at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, has been friends with Saiful Mahdi, a graduate student from Aceh, for only a year.

They live in the same apartment building, their wives shop together and the children go to the same school and play together. [read more] [cached]
 

 

» Bernama - Sunday, January 23, 2005 15:13 PM (in Malay)


 
Sebuah Persahabatan Yang Istimewa

Rakyat Malaysia, Dr Mazalan Kamis, seorang fellow pasca ijazah kedoktoran di Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, hanya menjalin persahabatan dengan Saiful Mahdi, iaitu siswazah dari Aceh sejak setahun lepas. [read more] [cached]

» The Seattle Times - Monday, January 24, 2005.

The story of Sylvia Augustina

Sylvia Augustina has been working closely alongside Saiful Mahdi, Aceh Relief Fund's representative in Aceh, since she returned back after completing her study at the University of Washington in Seattle. She found that only 211 of 1300 villagers in her village survived the tsunami. She lost her mother, father and dozens of relatives and friends. She is now parent to her two younger brothers and two younger sisters who survived the tsunami. [read more] [cached]
 

 

» The Ithaca Journal - Thursday, February 3, 2005.

CU grad student conducts relief in hometown

A Cornell University graduate student from Indonesia who lost several family members in the tsunamis has received an outpouring of financial support from local enclaves, including schools.

The fund-raising on behalf of Saiful Mahdi, who is currently in Indonesia doing relief work, has raised more than $68,000. Details are available on a Web site chronicling Mahdi's efforts... [read more] [cached]
 

» The View - University of Vermont - Thursday, March 24, 2005.

Alumnus Returns Home to Help After Tsunami

When catastrophe struck his family and homeland, Saiful Mahdi G ’01 put his doctoral studies at Cornell University on hold, left his wife and three young children in Ithaca and flew home to assist in the recovery. Mahdi, who earned his master’s degree in statistics at UVM, suffered devastating personal loss, the deaths of 15 family members—including a brother, a sister, and his grandmother—in his home region of Aceh, Indonesia. [read more] [cached]
 

 

» Indonesia Relief

Aceh Relief Fund Profile - NGO Local

In Ithaca, New York, more than ten thousand miles away from the nearest ruins left in the wake of the tsunami, Saiful Mahdi, a 36-years-old Cornell University graduate student from Aceh - Indonesia, scrambled to find out news of his and his wife’s immediate family members. It took days before he could wind up with any information, but what he found was nonetheless heartbreaking: Saiful’s grandmother, sister, brother and their families were missing. Mahdi had to return to Banda Aceh to find and rescue his family.. [read more] [cached]
 

» The Ithaca Journal - Monday, December 26, 2005.

CU students steer fund for tsunami aid despite frustrations

One year after the Southeast Asian tsunami decimated his village of Kampung Jawa in Indonesia, Saiful Mahdi continues to help the community pick up the pieces.

“Hopefully the small things we've been able to do for my family, my village and my community in Aceh make a difference,” said Mahdi, a Cornell University doctoral student. “I can only do that with the support of the community here and my friends here.”  [read more] [cached]
 

 

» Press & Sun Bulletin, Binghamton NY - Tuesday, December 27, 2005.

Cornell student helps create Aceh Relief Fund
Indonesian native aids home province


One year after the Southeast Asian tsunami decimated his village of Kampung Jawa in Indonesia, Saiful Mahdi continues to help the community pick up the pieces.

“Hopefully the small things we've been able to do for my family, my village and my community in Aceh make a difference,” said Mahdi, a Cornell University doctoral student. “I can only do that with the support of the community here and my friends here.” [read more] [cached]
 

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