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Letter to Friends in Japan

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Map By Maximilian Dörrbecker, via Wikimedia Commons Photo: AFSC

Dear friends,


We are filled with anguish when we see the pictures and reports from those affected by the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan and set off a series of humanitarian emergencies that continue to unfold.  The complete devastation of coastal villages, hundreds of thousands left homeless, the loss of thousands of lives and thousands more missing—these things lie heavy on our hearts. Now the mounting crisis at Fukushima Daiichi has added exposure to radiation leaks and fear for an even larger nuclear disaster.

The American Friends Service Committee has had the privilege of making friends with many in Japan and we extend our hand of friendship to all who are there.  We have had a long relationship with Friends in Japan Yearly Meeting.  Our work on the abolition of nuclear weapons has led us to deep ties and fruitful partnership with Japanese A- and H-Bomb survivors, the Hibakusha in Nihon Hidankyo, and with Japanese peace organizations Gensuikyo and Shinfujin.  You, your families, and your communities are all in our thoughts.

When I was in Japan last November for a meeting of the Nobel Peace Prize laureates, I was warmly greeted and enjoyed the justly famous hospitality of the Japanese people.  I pray for those new friends and am holding everyone in Japan in the Light. 

Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.  May recovery be swift and assistance generous.

Yours in peace and service,

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Shan Cretin
General Secretary