Its been one year since that deadly earthquake & tsunami hit Japan. I still get a tear in my eye when I see the images of the tsunami flooding of all the towns, and the people who could not get out in time. My heart goes out to all the of Japanese people who lost a loved one’s that day.
I posted this picture because I stumbled across an article on the internet telling the story about the girl in the photo. Of all the pictures that I have seen in the news, on the Internet, and the magazines, this is by far the one photograph that has affected me most.
Here is a snippet of the article, that I found on the internet about the girl in the photo if you want to know more about the background.
“One year after she was pictured sobbing in the remains of her home in the Yuriage district of the town of Natori, instantly becoming a symbol of the devastation wrought upon Japan by the March 11 tsunami, Akane Ito cannot bring herself to return again.
Ito, 29, had lived in a second-floor apartment that had stood where she was photographed and had gone to buy batteries and emergency supplies after the magnitude-9 earthquake struck.
She had believed that her 10 pet dogs would be safe while she was away, but the tsunami destroyed their home and she was only able to return two days later.
Ito, who worked in a bar, was crying for the pets that she said she could not save.
“I kept apologising in my mind to the dogs for not being able to protect them,” she told the Asahi newspaper, which first ran her photograph.
Over the next few weeks, she was reunited with two of her dogs – May, a 6-year-old female Labrador, and Momo, a female poodle – but continued the fruitless search for the others for months.”
You can read more of Ito’s story here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9127105/Japan-tsunami-anniversary-girl-who-became-symbol-of-tragedy-cant-return.html