Saturday, April 23, 2011

Children Evacuated From Fukushima Get to Finally Meet Parents

This is a story about a mother and child reunion. The family lives near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plants and it seems that the parents elected to send their 7-year-old son away to safety to a school in Tokyo:
Here's a heartbreaking story from NHK news about how people who live near the crippled nuclear reactors at Fukushima are coping and how this disaster has torn their families apart:

Facility for evacuated children opened to media
Media reporters have been invited to a facility in Tokyo where 
children are taking shelter following the March 11th earthquake 
and Fukushima nuclear accident.

24 young evacuees ranging from elementary school children 
to high school students are living away from their parents at 
the sports and cultural facility in Tokyo's Koto Ward.

Their living quarters and sports ground were opened to the media.

7-year-old Keisuke Takahashi from Fukushima Prefecture 
is now attending a nearby elementary school.

After school, he spends time at the facility doing homework 
and playing soccer with other children.

Small boy playing at school in happy times

On Friday, he met his mother, Sachie, for the first time in a month.

Keisuke ran to his mother when he saw her coming in 
and hugged her while shedding tears.

Sachie says worries about radiation led her to send her 
son to a safer place. She hopes that the situation will turn 
better soon so that she can live with him.

I have a seven-year-old son too and when I read that this poor boy has lived apart from his parents for nearly a month - all the while worrying to death, I'm sure - it just makes me cry. 

I pray that this situation gets better sooner than later. I also hope to God that these kids can overcome their trauma at such a terrible experience.

God bless them and their families.

NOTE: This Paul Simon song is actually about a mother & child reunion after their deaths. Let us hope and pray that many more people, many more mother's, father's and their children can be reunited to enjoy the beauties and wonders of this world as a loving family together as soon as possible.

If you enjoyed this blog post, don't forget to give your child a hug and tell them that you love them.

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