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Three Months After Japan Tsunami, WFP Tents Repurposed

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In Miharu Town, 50 kilometers away from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, WFP staff members collaborate with volunteers and local construction companies to erect a large tent to be used for storage of relief items.

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In the back of the photo is a large tent erected by WFP in Minami Sanriku, one of the worst affected towns by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March. As of 28 June, WFP erected 44 tents in the disaster-affected areas.

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WFP-erected tents were donated to the affected municipalities and used mainly for temporary storage of relief items. In Ishinomaki City, Miyagi, a WFP tent was used by aid organizations as a food distribution centre for evacuees.

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Volunteers wash mementos found from the rubbles in a WFP tent in Minami Sanriku, Miyagi, Japan.

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In Watari Town, Miyagi, a WFP tent is being used as a venue to display mementos found from the rubble. Local people, many of who have lost their family members and friends, come here to seek a piece of their memories.

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A herd of TV cameramen are filming a WFP tent in a small park in Yamada Town, Iwate, Japan. Guess what is taking place! It is the opening ceremony of a temporary shopping mall named “Good Friends Shopping Mall”, installed in a WFP tent. The name of the mall came from the name of the park where it’s located.

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Inside “Good Friends Shopping Mall” are 9 stores including a grocery store, a book shop, a bicycle shop, and even a cake shop! 80 percent of the shops were washed away by the massive tsunami in this town. The shopping mall installed in a WFP tent is a symbol of the town’s recovery.

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WFP tents, which were originally planned for storage of relief items, turned out to be utilized as multi-purpose space. In Onagawa Town, Miyagi, a WFP tent was used as a “movie theatre” for children living in evacuation centers, before relief items came in.

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