Keeping Japan Close To My Heart
My husband went to Tokyo from March 14 and came back 6 days later on the 20th, Sunday. He went there to help his office as a part of the crisis management team. It was the time when a majority of foreigners in Tokyo were fleeing from the city. He went against the current and landed in Tokyo. As his partner and friend, I was proud of his courage and as a Japanese national, I was grateful for his willingness to go there to help out in Japan in any way he could. I wish I could do the same.
While our daughters and I are happy to have him back in Jakarta, I am still worried about my family, relatives and friends who are still in Tokyo. They can’t pack up and leave their life behind. I hope that the situation will improve soon.
There is not a day that goes by without thinking about my home country and the people who were affected by the earthquake and tsunami. My heart is crushed with sorrow for those who lost everything.
At the Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima, workers have been risking their lives to save the worst case scenario. They all are on a suicide mission. I cannot begin to imagine what their family members are feeling about their family members risking their lives to save the country from another disaster.
The shocking scenes from Japan are now in the past. There are more news coming out from other parts of the world such as crisis in Libya, movement in Syria and Yemen and battle in Côte d’Ivoire. Just like any other events, people started to talk less about the earthquake in Japan. However, the people in the disaster zone continue to battle with the challenges they face everyday and survive the difficult time.
As of the 21st, 8805 people are confirmed dead and 12,664 people are still missing. Seeing many people look for their missing family members is heart breaking. It is said that it could take up to 5 years to rebuild from the disastrous earthquake and tsunami.
I am keeping my home country close to my heart. I hope Japan and the people of Japan will remain strong. I am thinking of Japan and loving my home country more than ever.
I found this song on a beautiful blog, Lyrical Journey (thanks to my daily digest Village. This song by Shakira was apparently recorded as part of the fundraiser for Haiti, but as Jaime says it is gorgeous and appropriate for the situation in Japan.