Fuller, Patrick (IFRC)

Eighteen months on from a catastrophic earthquake in Japan, the Japanese Red Cross is helping survivors, like 11-year-old Airi, gain strength from their experiences and help their communities on the road to recovery.

The earthquake, which caused a tsunami and left more than 15,800 people dead, also caused a series of failures at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, resulting in the largest nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

Fukushima Summer is a six-minute mini-documentary by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which focuses on the life of Airi, who lives in Fukushima.

People in Fukushima are still making use of scanning equipment, provided by the Red Cross, to check radiation levels in food and in their own bodies, and permanent homes are just starting to be rebuilt.

In the aftermath of the quake, the British Red Cross launched the Japan Tsunami Appeal, which raised around £14.2 million. Funds are being used to support the Japanese Red Cross’ relief and recovery programme, including helping people affected by the nuclear power plant disaster.

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