HELP FOR JAPAN from the smallest and the poorest

ISRAEL is the first to set up a fully-functioning field hospital in the earthquake/tsunami-ravaged area.

J POST– Ben Shitrit said the hospital was being established at Minamisanriko, a fishing city 290 miles north of Tokyo, that was utterly overwhelmed by the quake and tsunami and where some 10,000 people are dead or missing. A five-strong Israeli team “is setting up the surgery right now,” the ambassador said. “They are evaluating the needs today, so that a larger team can be dispatched.”

Israel is also providing tons of aid assistance – including mattresses, blankets, coats, gloves and chemical toilets — for some of the half-a-million people who are homeless, many of whom are now living in public facilities. Appreciation for Israel’s help, he said, was clear in the reporting in the Japanese media and in the grateful response of people in the field.

AFGHANISTAN has volunteers out on the streets with collection boxes, gathering donations for Japan from the Afghan people and merchants in and around Kabul.