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TOKYO (March 12, 2011) — As a massive relief effort gets underway in northeast Japan following yesterday's devastating earthquake and tsunami, Save the Children says Japanese children will need stability and protection in order to safeguard their physical and emotional well-being.
“The impact of a disaster can be incredibly traumatic for some children. Parents must be given information and support in reassuring children of their safety and protection," said Stephen McDonald, Save the Children's humanitarian response team leader in Japan.
Commons signs that children are under stress include sleeping and eating problems, defiance, separation anxiety, aggression and fighting, extreme mood shifts, risk-taking behaviors, complaining of physical problems, and withdrawing from friends and family.
"Our first priority in Japan is to ensure that the most vulnerable children receive protection and care. It is very important for the affected children to return to normal life as soon as possible,” added McDonald.
Save the Children is sending humanitarian response teams to tsunami-affected areas to conduct an assessment of children’s needs. The global humanitarian organization, which has been operating in Japan for 25 years, is mobilizing its global resources to respond to the needs of children and families affected by the earthquake and its aftermath. All of Save the Children’s Japanese staff have been accounted for and are safe following the quake and tsunami.
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