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A Letter from Sendai: The worst of times bring out the best in People
Tale of Love and Compassion
From the rubble of destroyed city, humanity rises and soars among survivors in Sendai
HAIKU, Maui, Mar 17 - Charles Dickens wrote the above lines over 150 years ago. In the "Tale of Two Cities," he was writing about Paris, before during and after the French Revolution in 1789. He could have used the same words to describe Sendai and Tokyo.
Those who saw live pictures on March 11 of the horrific tsunami wave approaching, hitting and mauling this beautiful, picture-postcard city of about a million people in Japan's northeast, will have them etched in their memories for life. The photo at the top of this story of the approaching wall of water can serve as superfluous reminder for others.
This is what Sendai's coastal community looked like during and after the tsunami strike. Being a city of respectable size, Sendai also had a modern airport. This is what happened to it...
Tsunami rolls over Sendai airport (video) Sendai airport - before and after photos
Now, try to imagine yourself being a lucky survivor in the middle of all this devastation. Where do you being to stitch your life together? Maybe the lucky ones are the ones who perished.
No. Not if you ask Anne Thomas and her Sendai neighbors. After you've read two of her blogs filed from Sendai in the last two days, you may conclude that the worst of times bring out the best in people. I have certainly witnessed that as a war correspondent in the Balkans during the 1990s. The Japanese tragedy is showing us that the humanity is the same world over...
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