“Electricity is back!” and “We are grateful for the food!” are not the type of titles that would make it to the front pages of many high-profile newspapers. But handwritten in colorful letters and distributed in emergency shelters by a 7-year-old "editor" makes them important - perhaps even historical.
Risa Yoshida, a first year student at the Minami-Kesennuma Elementary School in Miyagi prefecture, launched the colorful Fight! newspaper with a single thought in her mind: to revive optimism among the evacuees living in emergency shelters as a consequence of the devastating March 11 earthquake.
Risa, a victim of the earthquake and tsunami herself, was among the 300 evacuees temporarily living at the Kesennuma Elementary School emergency shelter, when she got the idea. “I thought that everyone felt very lonely. I wanted to cheer them up,” she says.
The first edition, handwritten and in vivid color, read: “There are many inconveniences right now, but let’s do our best to overcome them!”
Risa, who is best known among her friends as "Ms Editor," will be soon leaving the shelter to move in with relatives, but she has secured her replacement - the 10-year-old current "sub-editor." Starting from the newspaper’s 16th edition, he will make sure that Fight! is continuously read by everyone at the shelters.© Compiled from news reports