“We Have Nothing to Eat for Today.”
Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (Shinagawa, Japan, Chairperson: Yukie Osa) has embarked on delivering of emergency relief items to the victims of the earthquake, which occurred on March 11 in the Pacific Ocean offshore of Northern Honshu Island.
Sayako Nogiwa of AAR JAPAN deliverying emergency relief items to the earthquake victims (at Nakano Junior High School in Sendai City, on March 14th, 2011)
The first group of the AAR JAPAN emergency relief team consisting of 3 members left Tokyo early on Sunday, March 13, and arrived in Sendai, the prefectural capital of Miyagi at midnight.
The team got to work from very early in the morning the next day. After checking the latest information on damages and relief activities at the Emergency Headquarters set up at the Sendai City Gubernatorial Office, the team visited Nakano Junior High School in Sendai City. In cooperation with the school PTA, a package of water, green tea, oranges, bananas and some snacks was delivered to 500 evacuees. Many expressed serious concerns facing them at the moment. “We have absolutely nothing to eat even for today” said one evacuee. There are much more people who are waiting desperately for the badly needed assistance.
Tomorrow, Wednesday March 16, the second group is schedule to leave for Sendai with more relief items including diapers, sanitary goods for ladies, disposable hand warmers, etc.
Sendai Interim Office Opened
In the afternoon on Monday, March 14, an interim AAR JAPAN office was set up at Ichibancho, Aoba-ku in Sendai City. Keeping close contact with the Miyagi Prefectural Government, AAR JAPAN is to continue the emergency operation from this base.
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