Caritas Japan: Dispatch from Sendai

By Fr Daisuke Narui, Executive Director of Caritas Japan – from the blog:

In Sendai City, there are people sleeping in shelters whose houses didn’t collapse in the 8.9 magnitude earthquake on 11 March. The people come to the shelters because they’re afraid and they don’t want to be alone. They go back to the house sometimes in the daytime, but then they come back to the shelter for dinner and to sleep.

Caritas Japan has been contacting counsellors. At the moment the defence force is providing many things that the survivors need. People will forget about the disaster victims once they have been satisfied materially. As time passes, the survivors will become traumatised and lonely, so we’re seeking to engage counsellors who can start helping them in the next month or so.

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