Arthur Caplan: The Extraordinary Bravery of the Fukushima 50 Must Be Repaid
Take the selfless emergency workers who were injured or faced health complications during 9/11, Caplan recalls the shocking lack of support that they received in the years following: “years later, they developed serious physical ailments due to their bravery. Hundreds submitted claims to the city and other agencies, but for years and years got no response.” Just as we must be prepared for natural disasters or deliberate attacks, we must be prepared to support those who risk their lives to save others. Caplan calls for, “an international agreement that heroes who stay at their posts during calamities, who walk into collapsing buildings or stay on to staunch the risk of a melting nuclear reactor, can expect health care, compensation and assistance.” Perhaps, amid the devastation of the Japanese disaster, we can learn how to not only prevent disasters — but how to support those who work tirelessly, long after the news cameras have gone.
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