One Year After the Tsunami: A Song for Sri Lanka

Prianga Pieris, left, and his wife Eranga

Prianga Pieris, left, and his wife Eranga visited the StoryCorps mobile booth in New York City. StoryCorps hide caption

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At this time last year, most of us didn't know much about tsunamis. But that changed on Dec. 26, 2004, when a devastating tsunami ravaged most of the coast from Southeast Asia to East Africa, killing hundreds of thousands of people.

As we approach the tsunami's one-year anniversary, we bring you an interview between husband and wife Prianga and Eranga Pieris.

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The couple, who currently live in New York, are originally from Sri Lanka, where more than 35,000 people died in the disaster.

They sing a song that Eranga wrote in honor of the sea and the couple's beloved homeland. It tells the story of a fisherman — and the woman who loves him.

Stories from the StoryCorps oral history project can be heard every Friday on 'Morning Edition.' Recordings of participants' conversations also go to the Library of Congress.

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