I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but my dad lives in Tokyo. Every time I get an email from him that he’s still OK, I calm down a little. But then I just look at Yahoo or CNN or the New York Times….
And start freaking out all over again.
I don’t know how to feel. My dad and his wife are OK … is it monstrous for me to feel relieved that he’s OK when SIX THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE DEAD? I mean, have you seen these pictures?
My dad says he thinks the press are being irresponsible in the coverage of the nuclear situation. He thinks they’re choosing sensationalism over fact in a deliberate antinuclear political strategy. But it is clearly a very, very serious situation. It’s hard to know what to believe, but I do know my dad is working with his company to supply equipment to the salvage operations that are going on.
I haven’t given any money. Have you? I am thinking about how best to deploy my pathetically small contribution. Amnesty International is my usual go-to, but I haven’t heard anything (thank god) about any human rights issues happening due to this disaster. Maybe the Red Cross. I have heard that when a crisis catches global attention, organizations like the Red Cross actually have a hard time continuing to care for people in other places because so much funding is coming in for the current crisis, no one gives for the benefit of other people who are suffering for other reasons.