A news story that means a lot to me is the 1 year anniversary of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that happened in the north of Japan in March of 2011. This story is important to me because I spent 10 of my childhood years in Japan, and moved back to Qatar only a year before this devastating natural disaster.
Many of my friends lost family members and loved ones, and showed me pictures of their homes that were destroyed and wrecked as a result of the earthquake.
Although it has been a year, hearing about this disaster still affects me emotionally. The extent to which these people were affected by this disaster is unimaginable.
Marking the 1 year anniversary, there has been a moment of silence to remember the 19,000 people who died or went missing this time last year.
Although I wasn’t in Japan to participate in this moment of silence, I took the time to remember these people from where I am today, and will continue to pray for Japan as they mourn the loss of their people and are still continuing to rebuild their country.
A news source that I have been following to get information on this topic is Al-Jazeera english. They have covered this issue extensively, ranging from photos to videos to opinion articles. What struck me most was the videos. It was so emotionally moving to see so many people all across the country all in complete silence, praying for all the lives lost and all the people displaced in the aftermath of this disaster.
As Japan is slowly but surely recovering after this disaster, all we can do is pray. Pray for Japan.