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We of the new journal Ecological and Environmental Anthropology thank you for visiting us and hope to engage you in the discussions and debates we aim to spark. We would like the journal to serve as a nexus for the free flow of ideas of scholars and practitioners in a wide range of fields, since many disciplines are both contained within, and influenced by, ecological and environmental anthropology.
Interest in and compassion for people lie at the heart of anthropology, and we would like to dedicate our first issue to the people of Asia and Africa who became victims of one of history’s most powerful natural disasters on 26 December 2004. It has now been almost two months since the earthquake and tsunamis, and the death toll continues to rise to well past a quarter million now. Over one hundred thousand people still have not been found in the Aceh province of Indonesia alone; mass graves continue to be filled there daily. Many families are being shuffled around, as they try to find food, clean water, medical supplies, and housing, as well as seek protection from disease, theft, political tension, child exploitation, and sexual violence. We here at the University of Georgia have been personally affected. Three of twelve exchange students who came here several years ago from Banda Aceh are known to be dead or are still missing.