TRAVELLING THROUGH CONTAMINATED LANDS (11)
As I am currently writing my PhD dissertation proposal paper, I was looking for the current number of evacuees in and out of Fukushima. Well, according to the Reconstruction Agency, there are still around 182,000 people living away from their home town, among which 57,775 people are living in Fukushima prefecture. There is a part of me that sighs, thinking that almost 200,000 people are still away from home, but on the other side, I’m worried about the government that cuts aids and tries to force people to go back to where they come from. In June, they announced that free housing for nuclear evacuees living away from home will stop in March 2017. They will provide a financial incentive to help people move back home and help low-income households. But in potentially contaminated area.
Let’s simply think about it. If you are living with very limited economic means, struggling to survive in a place you don’t really know, surrounded by strangers, the idea of going back to Fukushima is tempting, especially if the government gives you financial compensation (because it’s a compensation, let’s be honest). But for families with young children, a real nightmare might start. “What is safe?” “Where can my children play?” “What should I give them to eat?” “Maybe I should just give up worrying about all this and try to live normally” The government will tell them to stop worrying, because it’s bad for their health, while medical check up will be done poorly, as always.
Can someone stop this? It is madness!