The Voices of Fukushima (In English)

“When will we be able to go fishing again?” “Is it okay to eat this food?” “Will I be able to get children when I’m old?” “When are my friends be able to come back saftly?” Question asked by the children that are still living in the evacuated area around the damaged Nuclear Plant of Fukushima.

To hear the voices of victims is very importance for making as think and reminding us that we should fight for not make the same mistakes and be conscious about the risks. That’s why people that have lived and experience the disaster of Fukushima last year came here to Rio the Janeiro to talk to us and thru their experience ensure that the this won’t happen again. The Voices of Fukushima is the title of the event that wants to show the reality of the daily life from the affected people that have been evacuated because of the high radioactive particles in the air around the damaged Nuclear Plant.
Everything began last year on the 11nd of March, when an earthquake followed by a tsunami flooded an area of 112 km². 15,800 people died. In the the Fukushima Nuclear Plant it came to serious meltdown and a huge amount of radioactive particles came into the air, the soil and the ocean. 160,000 people where evacuated. Not fast enough. Sato Kenta, a youth that have been lived around 40 km away: “The government assured us, that it was safe to stay. Only after one months they gave us the notice, that we where damaging our health by staying there. One month. We can’t believe in the media and the government anymore because we don’t know what is correct.” The evacuated people had to go to Fukushima Town, where the most of them are still living, since 1 year and three months. “I have lost my house and my job, because everything I had is in the evacuated area. I don’t think I can ever go back to the place I was born and I have lived” says Sato.
But not everybody has acted like Sato. Many people are still living in this zones that have a high level of radioactivity. Also children. “The government doesn’t do anything to bring this children out of the dangerous area. A child has to be saved because it doesn’t understand the effects.” says Takamura, a mother of three small children, that had been living in the zone. It becomes clear, that this disaster has split hole communities and also families apart: Those who wanted to go and those who wanted to stay because they didn’t wanted to leave their land.
A voice speaks louder than all, because it’s one that comes from all of them together. “We should learn, that first and previous of all comes our lives, than our livings and at the very end the economy. We have to learn it, because at the moment we are practicing it the other way round: First the economy, than our living and at the very end our live.” It can happen to everybody, is their final statement. It’s not only Fukushima, that is affected, but it’s a global issue. “Let’s make sure, that this is not going to happen again” warns Sato.

Because Takamura Miharu couldn’t give an answer to the questions of the children, she asked them, how they would like their future to look like. “I want to have local projects.” “I want to live somewhere where their a many children and people outside and play.” “I want to live somewhere where people care for each other.” The basics of every day life have been destroyed by something, that seemed so clean and safe.

By Verena Gschnell e Matteo Conci

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