In New York (USA), UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake announced a statement expressing the organization’s deep concern and support for the Japanese people after the Tsunami disaster that stuck Japan on March 11, 2011.
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said “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 friend’s 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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Children and their mothers at emergency evacuation centre
Mr. Lake continued his speech “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.” UNICEF has a headquarters office in Tokyo to manage advocacy and communication work with Government Policy makers. In his speech, Mr. Lake confirmed the organization’s gratefulness for the remarkable assistance that Japan has provided for vulnerable children and families. Adding to this Mr. Lake said that UNICEF is willing to help Japan in whatever means it can help. He also said “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” said Mr. Lake.