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Fukushima after 6 months Part 2 People from Fukushima in Sapporo

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We met many mothers and fathers who worried about their children. Some of them already sent children out of Fukushima and they remained in because of their works. Most of the leaders of the groups which try to make children escape from Fukushima, to raise the voice against the Government food policies,  and to give information from Fukushima, are fathers themselves. One of them, Mr. Shida works especially for children getting out of Fukushima to other prefectures. His families are now in Okayama Prefecture and he is thinking to join them in April. Other leaders also think of leaving Fukushima in the near future.

A man clearing radiation 除染中

‘There must be something I can do from outside’, Mr. Shida said. Yes, I agree. The numbers of evacuee was once 130,000 people after the explosion of the Fukushima Nuclear Plants but now maybe about 20,000 are out of Fukushima. Here in Sapporo, Hokkaido there are about  600 people living or staying temporarily.

I belong to the group called ‘Musubiba’ which was organized in the end of March by NPO/NGO and citizens of Sapporo. ‘Musubiba’ helps people who came to Sapporo by carrying their needy things to their own homes, listening to their problems and now trying to set up child-care system. Most of the evacuee are mothers with small children while fathers stay in Fukushima. They need money to support their own life and also it is better to work with local people for further communication.

Mr. Ueno who will be a Sapporo citizen

In summer there were more than 10 groups supporting children with/without mothers or fathers to stay in Hokkaido. It is good for children to stay even for a while in clean environment and enjoy themselves. Luckily I interviewed one father who could find a job in Sapporo and starts a new life with the family this month. He went to job-hunting during his stay in Hokkaido and succeeded. It might be a very lucky case, but I do hope that there will be more and more families coming to stay in Sapporo.

子どもたちを心配するお母さん、お父さんにたくさん会いました。その中には自分は福島に残り、妻子は外に逃がしている方たちもおられます。子どもたちを福島から逃す、政府の食糧安全基準の反対の声を上げる、そして福島の情報を外に発信することを続けている団体のリーダーたち自身も父親です。「ハーメルンプロジェクト」の志田さんはご家族はすでに岡山県で暮らしています。ご自分も3月末までかなと言われますが、「福島から出てもやれることはあると思う」とコメントしています。

そうですね。最大で13万人といわれた避難者も今では2万人くらいになっています。が、2万人のうちの600人くらいは、私の住む、北海道札幌市に来ています。私は札幌にある「むすびば」という市民の集まりの会に所属していますが、「むすびば」では、避難者にモノを提供することから始まり、生活支援まで手を広げています。実際、主に母子避難者が多く、お父さんが福島でという二重生活にはお金もかかります。また、家にいてはなかなか札幌市民とのかかわりができません。「むすびば」では子育て支援のために、保育所を作る計画もあります。

夏には多くの団体が北海道に子どもたち(親子も)を招待しました。短い期間でも良い環境で過ごすことは子どもの健康に良い影響を与えます。中でも、北海道滞在中に面接を受けて、この10月には札幌に引っ越してこられるUさんはラッキーかもしれません。もっと多くの家族が安心して暮らせるところに避難してほしいと思います。

Written by asianneighbors

October 10, 2011 at 8:02 am

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