Tohoku - FUKUSHIMA, Souma


    Tohoku earthquake statistics

    Damage situation in Fukushima
    Deaths 1,925
    Missing      63
    Orphaned children    139


    • Number of dead and missing:
      From Bulletin 143 on the 2011 (Heisei 23) Off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake (Great East Japan Earthquake), Fire and Disaster Management Agency, February 7, 2012
    • Children orphaned by the earthquake:
      From Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, dated December 28, 2011
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    Fukushima Workshop Report

    Seven students, from elementary and junior high school, participated in the workshop from Soma City, Fukushima. All of them are girls. Most of them met for the first time at the workshop. While some students seemed very shy, through the workshop they all got close to each other and at the end they exchanged their contact information.

    Soma of Fukushima is known as a historical and traditional city, since the Soma Family moved to this area and brought prosperity in the early Edo period.
    Due to Tsunami, most of the fishery harbors were destroyed and some horses of traditional "Soma Nomaoi" were killed.

    Children met so many people at "Soma Haragama Market", where fishermen from the afflicted area operate and sell warm food and distribute the support goods. At the "Soma Disaster FM" studio, newly established in the Soma city office after the earthquake, children saw lots of the records from right after the earthquake.

    The city is located at approx. 50 km away from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. They are sceneries which imply the existence of the invisible radiation.

    Mountains of displaced soil, the result of giant holes, where the top layer of soil has been scraped and buried, at school playground, play equipment which were banned to use, persimmons remained on trees, people bringing homegrown vegetables and fruits to have the radiation check, etc.
    During the interview, the elderly man at the temporary house replied to the children; "we are more worried about you." Children are trying to introduce what they feel and see in their daily lives though the photos and texts.

    Divided into the teams, children decide the
    themes for the photographs before going out for
    the shooting.
    "Why did you think of starting the market?"
    In the market, girls are interviewing the
    fishermen who are suffered from the
    "Soma Disaster FM" studio at the Soma City
    Girls are shooting the city employee at work.
    A whiteboard at the city office shows the minute-
    by-minute report of the devastation from 311.
    At the afflicted area. Nothing but a strong wind.

    (Implementation of the workshop : 2011)

    All images ©UNICEF/G.Pirozzi

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    The Photographers

    Akira Sato, 12
    Juri Fujiwara, 15
    Manaka Kitahata, 12
    Maya Kobayashi, 11
    Noa Kado, 12
    Riri Yoshida, 11
    Yuzuki Sato, 15
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