With all of the recent disasters around the world, both man-made (Civil War in Libya and Ivory Coast, protests in Egypt and Tunisia, etc) and natural (earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand, floods in Australia, etc), I feel for those affected by the disasters. But now that I work in the Embassy, I can't help but think of the work facing those consular officers. Sleepless nights and long hours, identifying bodies and calling next of kin, not knowing what to do when there is so much to be done.
So, when I woke up this morning and saw the devastation in Japan, my heart went out to all those directly affected. But, I also thought about those who are dealing with the aftermath as well.