Stamford couple's Indonesian 'brothers and sisters' avoid carnage from deadly tsunami

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STAMFORD -
A Stamford couple with close connections to Indonesia were forced to hold their breath for their close friends after a tsunami hit the country days ago, killing at least 400 people.
 
Regina and Michael Kirshbaum were fearful for Bali after hearing the news about the tsunami. The couple fell in love with Indonesia on a visit 18 years ago and sold Indonesian jewelry in Stamford for over 15 years.
 
"The goal was to bring the extraordinary craftsmanship of the Balinese to the United States," says Regina Kirshbaum.
 
Regina Kirshbaum says her friends and partners in Bali are so close to her, she considers them sisters and brothers. The family's close friends were not directly affected by the tsunami, but it has still been tragic for them to see disaster strike people they say are defined by their generosity of spirit.
 
"When you look at a culture that is dedicated to kindness to strangers climbing through debris, trying to grab a piece of what's left of their lives out of the rubble, it's just devastatingly heartbreaking," says Regina Kirshbaum.
 
Fairfield-based Save the Children says it is working with organizations on the ground in Indonesia to assess victims' needs and provide relief.
 

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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