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A map of Fukushima Prefecture hangs in the lobby of the Koriyama Baptist Church. Nails mark the former homes of friends of the church who have moved away, remembered in photos. Japanese-American pastor Nobumasa Tajima runs the church with his wife, Beverly. The Tajimas lead weekly trips to temporary shelters still housing evacuees from the March 2011 disaster. “We bring people food. But they don’t need food. They need comfort,” says Nobumasa.<br />
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This photograph is part the book of Would You Stay?, by Michael Forster Rothbart, published by TED Books in 2013. The photos come from Forster Rothbart’s two long-term documentary photography projects, After Chernobyl and After Fukushima.<br />
© Michael Forster Rothbart 2007-2013.<br />
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Photo by: Michael Forster Rothbart<br />
Date:  7/23/2012<br />
File#:  Canon — Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital camera frame 81437
A map of Fukushima Prefecture hangs in the lobby of the Koriyama Baptist Church. Nails mark the former homes of friends of the church who have moved away, remembered in photos. Japanese-American pastor Nobumasa Tajima runs the church with his wife, Beverly. The Tajimas lead weekly trips to temporary shelters still housing evacuees from the March 2011 disaster. “We bring people food. But they don’t need food. They need comfort,” says Nobumasa.
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