4 years after
Don't forget us...
It's sad but true. Many Japanese children think so! You may find it hard to imagine what goes on in the minds of the children who have survived and lived through the disaster from 3/11.
And yes, that's what kids say "Don't forget us"!
It's a complex situation but as long someone lives in Japan for years, as an insider it's hard to believe that Japan gets in oblivion.
In the worst situation was Japan not alone but now? It's not for me to judge but I see it with my own eyes, the aid no longer matters here. Not only of international assistance, from the own side too.
Actually, I wanted to keep it short but it's frustrating.
It's frustrating to say I'm proud to be a volunteer in the search for remnants of fatalities and to help the surviving orphan.
Members of the fatalities are on the search for remnants. It was established relief organizations to help these people. To be able to bury their daughters, sons, mothers, grandson to finally complete.
On the coasts and in the water will continue to look for remnants. It's really hard.
More and more die of the health consequences of years of fleeing the radiation or the impact of the hard life in the makeshift temporary shelters. Many older people commit suicide.These people need certainty and to lead a normal life again, their social environment needs again a strong structure! It's the elderly and socially disadvantaged, which remain in the temporary shelters. Former village communities were torn apart. This makes many sick and lonely!
Officially, the death toll is reported to nearly 19,000. Over 100,000 people can not return to their homes because of the radiation. Others can not return because the reconstruction of the devastated by the tsunami progressing only slowly in the northeast of the country.
I'm often asked how I can do it or have the patience but also because of the food and life in Japan.
Well, I DO NOT live in the hazardous area. Who lives in Japan knows the risks of an earthquake or other natural disasters. As crazy as it may sound, you get used to it. I feel connected to the people, I'm personally concerned, so I have the patience. When you live for years with these people, then you know how you deal with it. We stick together!
The food and the tourism is safe. The food trade come in Japan are safe according to the authorities. All over the country, not just in Fukushima, food is regularly tested for radio activity. The Japanese Ministry of Health published the data every week. If the limits are exceeded for radioactive particles like cesium, the affected food may not be sold. The provincial government of Fukushima thereby publishes details of food that can not be sold.
What else we can do than to trust them?
Well, i'm here and help as long i can.
P.S. One more thing: I had to delete 7 journal entry. All 7 had the same text, from my birthday entry.
Could someone explain to me exactly how to write a new entry with the same journal skin? I don't get it why my current entry overrides the other,thanks!