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These pictures are from my first trip to a evacuee shelter 80km from Fukushima nuclear plant (THAT nuclear plant, in case you're wondering…)
Apart from having some relatives over there, me and other member of the Round Earth Committee are volunteering and assisting evacuee people.
In this trip we distributed 6 boxes of goods (food and dresses) and some Temo goods too of course! You can see me distributing Temo goods in the pictures at the bottom. In the last picture, I'm having a nap with the evacuees…
Finally, this is a small report on what I've discovered on my first trip to Fukushima.
Next week, I'll go again and I'll try to gather more informations (and distribute more food. dresses and goods too!)
1. Radiation issues and concerns.
As far as I know (with informations gathered directly there) it's perfectly safe to go to Fukushima as long as we stay out of the 30km evacuation area.
In addition, I've been told that is possible to entry in the evacuated are (as long as you are a resident) and stay inside for about 1 hour without health issues or concerns.
Lot of people are going inside in these days to get form their home personal belongings. This is true also to houses located really close to the central.
2. Shelter and evacuees
From what I've gathered there is a huge different between shelters and between evacuees themselves.
Anyway some common tendences can be defined:
a. long term evacuees vs short term evacuees
evacuees which own a car are moving from shelter to shelter searching for more confortable shelters and less populated shelters.
Very old people or people unable to move can't do that and some shelter are suffering over-population and water issues.
b. basic supplies are already delivered
since almost 2 weeks are passed since the disaster, shelters are getting more and more organized.
c. shelters have schedules
Shelters have schedules. They know in advance when a doctor will come, when there will be a bus for moving people to a nearby facility and so on.
3. Treat them as people, not as evacuees
Lastly, and mostly important, please stop thinking of them as evacuee and start think of them as real people. They have their own dignity and though in a hard situation, they are normal people…
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