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東日本大震災翻訳プロジェクト〔第17話〕

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A meeting that moved me tears

Soe Htike, 24, Burmese student of Higashinihon Kokusai University
Translated by HOZUMI Maki

 I experienced an earthquake just one time when I was a child in Myanmar. It was a very small one. This time, I really thought I would die.

 When the quake occurred, I was working part-time at a factory in Yumoto district. One of the workers was injured when the ceiling fell down. As all the trains stopped, I had to walk to go home in Taira district. My room was in a complete mess, and I was scared with the continuing aftershocks.

 Feeling lonely, I went to my university. Though it was during spring holidays, all the overseas students were gathering there. University officers arranged a bus for us, so that we stayed there to warm ourselves. I found an old woman standing uneasily at the entrance of the campus. I spoke to her, and we spent a night in the bus.

 The next day, after we had onigiri or rice ball at university, we moved to the Second Taira Junior High School which was designated as an evacuation center. At that time, people began to talk about the dangerous situation at the Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant. University officers and junior high school teachers were checking the radio broadcasting all night long.

 On March 13, the overseas students started thinking they should return to their home countries. We asked the university officers to take us to Tokyo. They arranged a bus and volunteers to take care of us.

 In the morning of March 14, two large buses and a minibus with 150 students departed for Soka University in Tokyo. The streets were so badly congested, and the buses did not move at all. I saw heavy damages in many places. I felt uneasy, and I did not know whether we could really reach at our destination.

 After a ten hour trip, we arrived at Soka University. At the main gate of the university, I saw the university professors and students smiling at us. I was moved to tears, as I was relieved, and impressed with them.

 

 Note: Mr. Soe did not return home, but stayed in Japan. He says he wants to write a book and share his experience with the people in Myanmar.

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