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Family photos retrieved from tsunami-hit areas are on display at an elementary school gymnasium, where they are gradually being cleaned and put on display by volunteers, in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture. Self-Defense Force personnel and residents have been bringing photos and albums found in the wreckage of local homes, in the hope that their owners will find them.

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Every one of those photos tells a story. It's a poignant reminder that the 27,000 dead or missing and the hundreds of thousands of evacuees are not statistics that we just read about but real people, as we see from these photos.

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Film photography rules especially the older B&W pictures with the thick based paper.

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Good and humane work this! Please keep it up.

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It's almost too painful to look at this - most of these people (and kids) are no longer with us. I guess it serves as a warning for the future, but most people will be too shattered to look.

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PS - definitely the saddest picture of the day in the history of JT.

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very touching, Hopefully they will use these photos when they do a documentary on the earthqauke & Disaster. im sure many Family members will want them to be Remembered.

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I hope some IT guys can mark each picture by bar codes, then scan them for the online database by which the relatives can query to retrieve their family pictures in a very short time. We can categorize by subjects, ages, and events.

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A heartbreaking reminder of the lives lost.

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When disaster strikes survivors often treasure family photos more than anything else because they feel it's the only tangible link to loved ones and family history. Think how you would feel if every past photo of your family disappeared. Many are irreplaceable.

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Tragic, yet somehow hopeful.

The notional of digital pictures comes to mind, I hope survivors somehow find their PCs/whatever and their family memories.

I've always kept backups of my children's pics back in the UK, but the thought of losing them all is just wrenching.

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