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Post-tsunami rebuilding takes shape

PATCHY RECOVERY Almost exactly a month after an earthquake-driven juggernaut of water ravaged countries in a wide arc of the Indian Ocean, nations are regrouping

AP , BANDA ACEH, INDONESIA

Goat carcasses hang alongside baskets of oranges, mangos and bananas in bustling markets. Men with wheelbarrows cart mud from homes. Residents salvage what they can -- couches, book cases and computers.

Many relief officials are surprised about the local people's resilience.

Some have returned home for valuables and, farther inland, have begun rebuilding. Fishermen say they want to return to sea.

"It's way beyond what I expected," said Peter Wallis, of USAID, the American government's foreign aid agency.

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