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Our photo of the week comes from the U.S. Embassy in Japan, where relief efforts continue after a devastating earthquake and tsunamis struck the country on March 11. On March 23, 2011, U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos visited Watanoha Elementary School, a temporary relief shelter for 1,200 people in Ishinomaki, Japan. The Ambassador said, "Nature - it can destroy precious human life, it can destroy property, but it cannot destroy the human spirit, and today here I've witnessed the best of humanity."
Ambassador Roos also underscored United States' commitment to assist the people of Japan during their hour of need. Ambassador Roos said, "...We will be here for you today, tomorrow, in the months and years to come. The Japanese people, you in this room, are the most resilient people in the world and I know -- I have no doubt -- that you will recover from this horrible tragedy."
According to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, as of March 24, the United States has given more than $32 million to the humanitarian effort in Japan -- the most of any government and second only to private individuals and organizations. USAID's Disaster Assistance Response Team continues to engage at three levels to determine any possible humanitarian needs in Japan: nationally through Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, locally at the prefecture level and in coordination with U.S. Forces-Japan, and through Japanese civil society organizations. The U.S. Department of Defense is actively providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in support of Operation Tomodachi -- 18,282 personnel are working to provide emergency support, 19 ships are providing assistance, 140 aircraft are flying relief missions, and 333,793 pounds of relief items have been delivered. You can learn more about the relief efforts here.