|A collapsed school building in the capital,|
Port-au-Prince (photographed on Jan. 30, 2010)
On January 12, 2010 (local time), a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 hit the Republic of Haiti. Its capital, Port-au-Prince, received catastrophic damage, and about 3 million people out of the nation's total population (about 10 million) became victims, including 230,000 people who were killed in the disaster. Although national governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations and others have responded to the situation to help the country and its people, the recovery process has met various difficulties because of severe poverty from which the country has long been suffering.
It has been almost a year since this powerful earthquake hit the island of Haiti. To remind people of the disaster and promote continuous support for the nation's reconstruction from as many people as possible, a special photograph exhibition titled "From Haiti, For Tomorrow: A Record of Haiti Earthquake" is held from December 13 (Mon.) through 24 (Fri.) at PIC Tokyo (World Bank Tokyo Office Public Information Center). The exhibition, which reports local situations and the recovery progress since the disaster, is organized by the Association and Aid for Relief, Japan (AAR Japan), a nongovernmental organization which has provided emergency assistance at the time of the quake and has continuously been supporting the nation through various activities, now focusing on the reestablishment of the schools for children with disabilities. The exhibition features about 30 titles of overwhelming photographs by Yoshifumi Kawabata, a photo journalist who visited Haiti as a member of the AAR Japan's emergency aid team, and also the latest photos taken by the AAR staff to report the ongoing efforts for the recovery.
On the evening of December 20 (Mon.), a debriefing session "The Latest in Haiti: A Report from Representative Staff" is also held at the exhibition site, in which the organization's staff members who are in charge of local support activities will speak of current situations in Haiti. Visitors to the exhibition are presented with what has changed and what has not changed in Haiti in the last eleven months and are asked to think what may happen next to the country and what one could do for such change.
||Dec. 13 (Mon.) - Dec. 24 (Fri.),2010
10:00 - 18:00
*Closed on Saturdays, Sundays & national holidays
||PIC Tokyo (World Bank Tokyo Office Public Information Center)
Fukoku Seimei Building 1st Floor
2-2-2 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
||Association and Aid for Relief, Japan (AAR Japan)
*Advance registration is required to attend the debriefing session "The Latest in Haiti:
A Report from Representative Staff"
For details, visit the AAR Japan's official website:
http://www.aarjapan.gr.jp/join/event/2010/1213_453.html(event information; only available in Japanese)