Let Us Not Forget

In all of this, we can’t forget the suffering going on in the North of Japan. Without enough food and fuel, the refugees are suffering innumerable hardships, stuck in temporary accommodation that is getting more uncomfortable by the day. Not to mention those nearest to the reactor, who are being instructed to stay indoors, with the awful prospect of being unable to get more supplies. A ray of light is the way they have captured the hearts of the rest of the people in Japan, seeing them daily on TV and the new projects to repair the infrastructure, so as to better deliver the very means of life. Many campaigns and fund-raisers have arisen, in a nation in which just enjoying pleasure was the main distraction from everyday life.

Things are even worse in the containment zone. As snow settles, people are afraid to even enter to make deliveries, such is the threat of contamination. We can only hope that appropriate vehicles are found to make deliveries, or even better, extract the people from their doomed towns. Whilst there is the prospect of lower-level radiation escaping beyond, the urgency of dealing with this should not distract from the needs of those worse affected. Seeing the heroic efforts of the staff to contain the crisis can’t but bring tears to our eyes, bring willing to sacrifice their lives to try to ensure as much safety as possible for the area and perhaps even beyond. Yet we should not allow an unchosen sacrifice of the local inhabitants. Technological solutions need to be found for the problems technology, at the very limits of our understanding of nature has brought upon us. No-one should be forgotten or left behind.

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