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Devastating was Japan’s earthquake. Remarkable was the country’s resilience.
An exhibition that showed 65 photographs was held at the National Museum in Amist Kilo to commemorate the massive Eastern Japan earthquake and Tsunami that devastated thousands back in March 2011.
The photographs featured at the exhibition entitled “Tohoku Region, Building for a better future” showed the aftermath of the disaster and the recovery process. Many felt it would take Japan a decade to recover but the results, one year later, show life in many affected communities returning to normal.
Many of the guests at the exhibition were surprised at the quick recovery and the sense of hopefulness and dignity in which the people handled the trauma. The photographs also portrayed other countries coming together to help Japan through the difficult times. Many countries from all over the world immediately sent rescue teams which played a significant role in saving lives. Photographs showed rescue workers from China, Canada and India working to find survivors in the wreckages, volunteers from Iran and Myanmar providing hot food for the people. More than 124 countries came to Japan’s rescue. One of the countries that extended help was Ethiopia by donating 5.4 million birr for the reconstruction of the areas hit by the earthquake and tsunami.
Pictures drawn by children who live in the affected areas were also shown at the exhibition. The pictures revolved around their hopes and dreams and what they want to see happen to their towns in the future. Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia Hiroyuki Kishino and other officials attended the opening of the Exhibition.
The earthquake struck off the coast of Japan and churned up a devastating tsunami, sweeping over cities and farmland in the northern part of the country and setting off warnings as far away as the West Coast of the United States and South America. Recorded at 9.0 on the Richter scale, it was the most powerful quake ever to hit the country. It killed as many as 20,000 people destroyed 200,000 homes and left 100,000 children displaced.
The exhibition is free and will stay open to the public until this Wednesday, April.