Found this watching a “twitter stream”
In the days after the devistating earthquake in Japan, Yumiko Takashima, Executive Director of Japan for The UN Refugee Agency, circulated an email to a few colleagues that was shared on the UNHCR FB site:
In the last 10 years I have been working with UNHCR on the front lines of emergency – where people lose loved ones, and homes, where they’ve spent all their life trying to build a better future for them and their children. I thought I have seen the tragedies and heard so many heart breaking stories from Congo, Kenya, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Vietnam to name a few.
Even with this experience, I cannot grasp the extent of damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami, followed by the radiation leaked by the nuclear plants. This is not just one event which we can quickly move on from, it’s a national emergency which will leave its scar for a very long time to come.
I know these things happen, but nothing really ever prepares you for something like this. Life is not as it was just six days ago, that is for sure. It is amazing that people all over Japan, including those who have suffered, are trying their best to save electricity so that it can be diverted to the worst affected area. In Tokyo, we still have a series of earthquakes including last night. I woke up three times because of the earthquake and if you know me, I could sleep off almost anything. But there is overwhelming kindness everywhere. Something I never expected in the recent times in Japan.
If you are kind enough to read this message, please do remember us. And if you have not said I love you to the people you really care about, please do it now as you may not know what can happen tomorrow.