27 Mar '11, 2am

Who gonna take care of them @Japan's tsunami orphans face uncertain future

RIKUZENTAKATA (Japan) - NAHO Tsuchiya's parents won't be there to wish her luck when she starts high school next week. She and her little brother are now orphans, left to fend for themselves by Japan's tsunami. 'There were four of us in the family. My mother, father, little brother and me,' she said. 'On the day of the tsunami Takashi was at the school with me, so he was safe. My parents took shelter in the sports hall. But that was washed away.' Naho, 15, and Takashi, 13, are just two of an unknown number of children orphaned by the huge waves that crushed towns along Japan's north-east coast on March 11. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of others lost one parent. Nationally, more than 25,000 people are dead or missing two weeks on from Japan's worst natural disaster in nearly a century. Naho knows for sure that her parents are gone. 'We found out about mum on the 12th and dad...

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