0405元に戻るぞ
庭にある木のひとつ。
名前は知らない。
90度以上も曲がりながら、
3カ月以上も重い雪の下で
折れずに耐えていた。
驚異的な強さ、しなやかさ。

左は昨日の姿。
今日は青空に向かってほぼ真っ直ぐに伸びていました。

0406元に戻った 0405馬酔木

感動した震災関連リポート

JKTS - 被災地へ医療スタッフとして行ってきました。
  ちゃやさんのブログが紹介していたもの。「必読」と感じました。
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  これも大変な長編。おまけに英文ですが、写真家のリポートだけに写真がいっぱい。
  被災者や救援の人々との交流、そして彼らおよび不眠不休で働く公務員....。
  現地の人々に対する敬意に満ちたリポートです。外国の人に教えてあげてください。

  <<一部抜粋>>

  
  We passed several water stations where people patiently
  lined up to fill containers of all sizes. They very willingly
  chatted with us and were so pleased to see us and so g
  rateful the world was aware of what was going on. While
  I was meeting and talking with locals at the water station,
  Trace chatted with those in charge of the community
  center. When Trace offered water from the truck to those
  waiting in line, the response from the Japanese lady she
  was assisting went something like this…
  “I don’t want to take your water. Save it for someone
  who hasn’t had the joy of seeing your smiles and holding
  your hand.” Truly.....
  <>
  
  We moved on. This time to a local community center where
  the line up for bread and onigiri’s which occurs once a day
  had the residents in a queue at least 500 deep. We dropped
  off all kinds of aid from Uniqlo towels, more socks, heat-tech
  wear to water, hot pockets, daily necessities, which are rationed
  in a basic kind of flea market. The local elders take care of all
  this. They were friendly and inviting. They gave rousing
  applause as they opened a box with new socks.
  In the street keeping the very orderly crowd even more orderly
  and informed was Taka. He’d been to New Zealand and was very
  sure he could speak English. He then went on to explain to the
  crowd over the mega-phone that the Australians were here. The
  world was thinking of them. People clapped, bowed, kids greeted
  us and there were many peace signs when the cameras were
  pulled out. It was such a small thing, but hopefully something
  of a distraction for a little while and for them to know the world
  understands.....
  <>

  While there may be other serious issues in Fukushima
  and (unfounded) concerns some believe are hurtling towards
  Tokyo, these are of absolute little direct consequence to the
  people Tohoku. And this is something that truly needs to be
  remembered. They simply need help and imploringly - if you
  have the means, please give what you can then a little bit more.
  I know whatever choices people have made over the last few
  weeks have been made primarily for themselves and loved ones.
  It is completely natural and understandable. Right now it’s time
  to think of others. Just something to feel strongly about.....
  <>

  We are amazed by the work of the Peace Boat and the volunteer
  effort as a whole, which is mobilizing, from all over Japan and
  the world actually. The NPOs, NGOs and their volunteers all
  starting to work together to co-ordinate. Until just a few days
  earlier they had all been working independently, but with databases
  being created, information can finally be crudely coordinated.
  And roles are being divided according to each group's strengths,
  and dividing localities within the city also.

  All we can give now is time, we know that in the vast scheme of
  things it is so little. We would absolutely encourage everyone to
  do the same, if possible. A week, a day, an hour. These people
  truly need help, on the ground. In Tohoku. As rescue moves to
  recovery, hopefully soon, the sheer scale of cleaning-up and
  getting messy and the need for actual hands using those shovels
  and wheelbarrows is tremendous. And so is the need for human
  support and comfort. For those now staying in evacuation centers,
  who have lost everything the glaring realization is this is not just
  temporary situation. These conditions will prevail for a long time.
  The need for volunteers, helpers, care managers, counselors,
  people who can get things done, reach out and connect is
  tantamount and indefinite.
  <>

  For us it was time to head home. And of course as we left we
  ran straight into the police – but it was truly, a very
  positive experience. Are you ready for this…? The police
  thanked us – “Please tell the world. Thank you for
  helping Tohoku and please come back.” We’ve been welcomed,
  thanked and sent through tolls all week for free thanks to our
  highway waiver the police wrote for us, and we’re hoping to go
  back again this week and beyond. At least once a month, or
  more if schedules permit.

  If there’s one thing that we took away from this experience,
  it’s that just the act of reaching out, holding a trembling hand,
  a smile in the street, an ear to listen – that emotional
  aid has been almost as important as the physical relief. Every
  person we met on the streets of Ishinomaki had lost someone,
  was consumed with grief. So tiny extensions mean so much.
  Kindness. Time. Human contact.
  <>


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