The world has been rocked by the enourmous tradgedy that struck Japan late last week. Rattled by several enormous earthquakes and a gigantic tsunami the likes of which has rarely been seen, tens of thousands of lives have been dramatically lost, and thousands more wrenched apart.
Now begins the difficult process of recovery and rebuilding.
Perhaps what has struck me the most is the reaction of the Japanese people. There is no looting or theft, and the people are selflessly sharing the last of their food with strangers. Humanity can learn a lot from such a dignified, strong race.
People seeking information about Australians in the disaster affected areas, can also contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 (within Australia) or +612 6261 3305 (from outside Australia).
If you would like to make a donation to the Red Cross you can do so by following the link - http://www.redcross.org.au/japan2011.htm or by calling 1800 811 700
Images used in this post were taken from news.ninemsn.com.au, sourced 17.03.11