What would YOU do if it happened to you?
To your community?
Would you up and leave?
What if leaving means breaking up your family? (This has happened to many families, one of the many tragedies.)
I’m asking this hypothetically. I don’t expect people to answer in the comments, nor do I particularly want you to. Just think about yourself and if it happened to you. Imagine it is the only place that you and your family have ever lived. Imagine that you have no other place you call home. That’s the case for a lot of Fukushimers. So imagine if that were your situation. Imagine if leaving meant leaving your spouse, or even possibly your kids. Imagine that it meant that your kids moved away to a boarding school or relative’s house and you stayed and earned money. Or that your spouse moved away.
Some guy wrote a whole book on the people who stay at Chernobyl or Fukushima.
“Would you stay?” is the title. As if it is a choice for some people. A lot of people don’t really have a choice. I’m waiting for my free copy. I don’t need to buy a book to see photos of my neighbors living their lives just like everybody else.
They have that wildly successful “Humans of New York”. I’ve thought about snapping photos of people in Fukushima and asking random questions like “So tell me, what dream did have when you were a child?” and calling it “Faces of Fukushima”. But I don’t like the idea of including photos of people’s faces in this blog. I don’t want to profit off other people. (Not that this blog is for profit. But you know what I mean.)
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