MORIOKA, IWATE PREF. – A group of citizens displaced by the 2011 disaster that ravaged the northeast is sending warm clothing and other supplies to Syrian refugees now stranded in the Turkish border city of Kilis, an aid worker said Tuesday.
Some 20 people who survived the earthquake and tsunami packed and loaded more than 800 cardboard boxes of supplies onto trucks that departed the same day for Narita airport, according to Maiko Sato, a 34-year-old aid worker who was a member of a U.S. aid group until December.
The 20 residents of Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, still live in the temporary housing provided to them after their homes were destroyed.
Aid supplies destined for the refugees in Kilis were also loaded the same day onto trucks bound for Narita from two other disaster-devastated cities — Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, and Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture.