Only memories remain for the villagers in Lampuuk, an hour's drive from Banda Aceh in Indonesia, the city closest to the epicentre of the earthquake and tsunami of 26 December 2004.
When the tsunami hit the village it killed 6,000 inhabitants, leaving behind just 1,000 to mourn the loss of their families, friends and homes.
The only structure left standing in Lampuuk was the local mosque.
Rebuilding is a daunting prospect, but like the rest of Aceh, the survivors are refusing to let the disaster destroy what little they have left.
"Everyone is taking care of each other here... and we're becoming a solid community," says Anita, one of the 100 villagers who returned to Lampuuk six weeks after the tragedy to begin the reconstruction.
Anita is convinced that the tsunami is a punishment. "It is a warning from Allah," she says, "because we have neglected our faith."
In February, UN special envoys Bill Clinton and George Bush Sr paid an unexpected visit to Lampuuk.
The villagers believed this would promote their cause and capture the world's attention.
The international community has certainly been supporting Lampuuk by giving aid... but the agencies have hit a problem.
The government has told them to leave the area. The region has been a conflict zone for decades and aid agencies have been told it is not safe for foreigners to stay there.
At The Epicentre focuses on the extraordinary hurdles the people of Lampuuk are facing, providing an insight into their incredible resilience and the force of their faith.
At The Epicentre was broadcast on Tuesday, 26 July, 2005 at 2100 BST on BBC Two.
Producer: Ruhi Hamid
Executive producer: Karen O'Connor