Japan's dark hour

March 15, 2011
Japan's dark hour: A statement from UNICEF Executive Director following the Japan earthquake and tsunami

Anthony Lake is the Executive Director of UNICEF.

As the world unites in support for the people of Japan, we at UNICEF express our heartfelt sympathy for the tragic loss of life following the massive earthquake and tsunami. This double catastrophe has left the country and its friends stunned and bereaved, and new threats caused by the quake and its aftermath continue to be of utmost concern to us all.

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A man carries his daughter in an emergency evacuation center for people affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, in the city of Koriyama, in Fukushima Prefecture.

As in all emergencies of such devastating magnitude, children are the most vulnerable. Working in close cooperation with the Japan Committee for UNICEF, we have offered our support to protect the children affected by this catastrophe and to provide critical services in the days ahead.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan, one of the world's most generous nations. We stand ready to assist them as they have helped so many others, in these, their days of greatest need.

Please support UNICEF in Japan. Your contribution will provide urgent assistance to children in grave danger in the wake of an epic disaster.

Donate at www.unicefusa.org/Japan

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