Since throwback thursdays are a trend these days, I decided to post something I wrote when I was in college (just a year back)…
To readers and guest, enjoy reading!
What is behind “Tomoko Uemura in Her Bath”?
A photographer nemed W. Eugene Smith and his Japanese Wife, Aileen lived in the small village of Minimata, Japan. For almost three years they have witnessed the battle for a disease caused by Mercury poisoning which was called the Minimata Disease. Smith’s dramatic and striking photo “Tomoko Uemura in Her Bath” brought attention as it was published and seen around the world. This photo shows Ryoko Uemura, holding her severely deformed daughter, Tomoko, in a Japanese bath chamber. Tomoko, a heart-breaking scene to watch, was poisoned by methylmercury while still in her mother’s womb. Through this picture, people outside of Japan became aware of this tragedy and like other efforts made by ordinary individuals, the struggle for recognition and compensation especially for the victims was eventually known.
Like every other disaster that comes, this surely haunts the souls of thousands around the globe. As we came to realize this very instance, the search for knowledge has just begun. Hoping thatone day, people might understand how this may be treated or in some way be managed. As various sectors even up to this day, continues to search for the ultimate remedy, may we shall witness and learn what has been done and more importantly, to think of ways on WHAT CAN BE DONE in order to help and care for those like of little Tomoko.