WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011 9:38 AM
Junshien International Photographers
Japan needs our help.
Like many of you, we have been glued to the news as the tragedy continues to worsen everyday. The people of Japan have suffered through the 4th largest earthquake in recorded history, and a devastating tsunami that flattened city blocks and washed away entire villages. The death toll continues to rise everyday, and over 8600 are still missing and presumed dead. Basic supplies like food and water are getting scarce, and hundreds of thousands are homeless at a time when the temperature dips below freezing at night. Meanwhile, the aftershocks continue, and there’s still the lingering threat of another large quake with a second tsunami. (The issue with the nuclear reactor, however, seems to be overblown by the U.S. news media, according to most nuclear experts, the U.S. military, the UK embassy, and many Japanese familiar with the issue.)
Though these events may be half a world away, our hearts break for the people of Japan. How can we sit still when they desperately need our help? How can we live life as normal and operate business as usual?