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Tragedy and conflict overseas

John Clanton Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm •  Published: March 13, 2011
Cargo containers are strewn about in Sendai, northern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011. Japan launched a massive military rescue operation Saturday after a giant, earthquake-fed tsunami killed hundreds of people and turned the northeastern coast into a swampy wasteland, while authorities braced for a possible meltdown at a nuclear reactor. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
Cargo containers are strewn about in Sendai, northern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011. Japan launched a massive military rescue operation Saturday after a giant, earthquake-fed tsunami killed hundreds of people and turned the northeastern coast into a swampy wasteland, while authorities braced for a possible meltdown at a nuclear reactor. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
A woman searches through the rubble of her home destroyed in Friday's powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG  KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE ORG XMIT: TTX815
A woman searches through the rubble of her home destroyed in Friday's powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE ORG XMIT: TTX815

The devastation and heartbreak in Japan, following the earthquake and tsunami last week, are difficult to imagine. Images on Friday showed the power of the floods and the earthquake and the initial damage they caused. Newer images coming in from Japan show people being rescued, collecting their belongings and trying to deal with the tragedy.

Meanwhile, clashes continue between rebel fighters and troops loyal to Moammar Gadhafi in Libya. Weeks ago I wrote about how images were not coming out of Libya and the importance of photojournalism. Since then, foreign media have gotten into Libya to report on the conflict and the people involved in the bloodshed.

ORG XMIT: AKCF104 Mourners react next to the coffin during the funeral for a rebel fighter who was killed fighting forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi near the town of Bin Jawwad, during his funeral in Benghazi, eastern Libya, Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
ORG XMIT: AKCF104 Mourners react next to the coffin during the funeral for a rebel fighter who was killed fighting forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi near the town of Bin Jawwad, during his funeral in Benghazi, eastern Libya, Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
A Libyan volunteer carries ammunition on the outskirts of the eastern town of Ras Lanouf, Libya, Thursday, March 10, 2011. Government forces drove hundreds of rebels from a strategic oil port with rockets and tank shells on Thursday, significantly expanding Moammar Gadhafi's control of Libya. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill) ORG XMIT: TTW120
A Libyan volunteer carries ammunition on the outskirts of the eastern town of Ras Lanouf, Libya, Thursday, March 10, 2011. Government forces drove hundreds of rebels from a strategic oil port with rockets and tank shells on Thursday, significantly expanding Moammar Gadhafi's control of Libya. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill) ORG XMIT: TTW120
ORG XMIT: XHM113 Anti-Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi rebel, helps his colleague who was wounded during the fighting against pro-Gadhafi fighters, at a hospital in the town of Ras Lanouf, eastern Libya, Wednesday, March 9, 2011.A high-ranking member of the Libyan military flew to Cairo on Wednesday with a message for Egyptian army officials from Moammar Gadhafi, whose troops pounded opposition forces w ith artillery barrages and gunfire in at least two major cities.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
ORG XMIT: XHM113 Anti-Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi rebel, helps his colleague who was wounded during the fighting against pro-Gadhafi fighters, at a hospital in the town of Ras Lanouf, eastern Libya, Wednesday, March 9, 2011.A high-ranking member of the Libyan military flew to Cairo on Wednesday with a message for Egyptian army officials from Moammar Gadhafi, whose troops pounded opposition forces w ith artillery barrages and gunfire in at least two major cities.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

-John Clanton

 



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