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The sunny painting on the side of the wall is a bit ironic now, no? Word is, these kids will soon be outfitted with dosimeters. In the meantime, they’re getting to go out and play in the radiation for the first time since the earthquake/meltdown. Careful in the sandbox though, kids! The top level was already skimmed for the bad stuff but playground exposure is limited to 1/2 hour.
(A sort of easy choice just to show the children, btw. I was really curious to read some adult faces.)
(photo: Kyodo via AP Images caption: Kindergarteners wearing masks and caps to minimize their exposure to radiation run out of the kindergarten building in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 10, 2011, as they are allowed to play in the playground for the first time since the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and subsequent radiation leaks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The surface soil of the playground has been removed to reduce the children’s exposure to radiation and they were allowed to play there for only half an hour. More backstoryre: Iwaki.
The pictures are a “must see” just for doing what most news photography don’t dare … which is strip otherwise “conscience” imagery of a more glossy, distant and artistic veneer.
The paragraph at allfromweb starts out:
"October 14, 2009 in New York hosted the 30th annual award ceremony Fund Eugene Smith. Lou Gueng of the Peoples Republic of China won the Grand $ 30 000 for his documentary project, “Pollution in China.” Lou Gueng – freelance photographer, which began operations in 1980 as an amateur photographer. He was a factory worker, and later opened his own photo studio…"
(photo: Lou Gueng caption: Shepherd near the Yellow River covers the nose from the stench)