Photograph by Associated Press
As I looked through the images (see link below) provided by Associate Press, I felt an utter sense of devastation and sadness. Please note, the images are graphic and not for the faint of heart. The image shown above is of a deceased woman respectfully covered and lies among the ruins. The image of a dead man among the debris that was his humble home is gripping.
So many people are displaced, a mass exodus of close to 300,000 people in search of temporary housing to rest their weary head can only make us think how we would feel if we were in a situation such as this. The people either lost all their belongings due to Mother Nature or are being evacuated because of the radiation leaks of the nearby damaged nuclear plant. The people walk through an unimaginable rubble of toppled and razed buildings and cars atop cars in what was once a peaceful place to live and raise a family. It is a walk of nightmares.
Aside from the displacement of these poor souls, they must also stand in long lines to be scanned for radiation. Other people stand in lines to collect fresh water.
NPR/Associated Link of images: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=134516056
Yes, times are hard for us here in the U.S. but times are exponentially harder for the people of Japan. My heart and prayers are for those victims affected by the earthquakes and tsunamis.
Links for charitable donations to help survivors of Japan affected by the terrible earthquake(s) and tsunamis:
- Or, if you are one of Lady Gaga's "little monsters" you can purchase one of her specially designed "We Pray for Japan" prayer bracelets which currently cost $5 and all proceeds go to aid Japan victims. You can order the wristband at this link: http://ladygaga.shop.bravadousa.com/Product.aspx?cp=14781_42444&pc=BGAMLG88