|This picture shows Kenji on the left and Haruna on the right.|
Today, persons claiming to be ISIS, uploaded a video of the purported decapitation/execution of Kenji Goto.
Kenji Goto is known to me only as a freelance journalist whose work was shown on NHK News. He worked to show the impact that war and conflict had on children. He has reported on blood diamonds, HIV, child soldiers in Sierra Leone, the education or lack thereof for girls in Afghanistan, and poverty. He also has written an award winning children's book, and had penned four other books. He did not fear the helpless and hopeless places on Earth. This is probably a part of why he was able to risk his own life in October of last year to try to aid his friend, 42 year old Haruna Yukawa, who had already been captured by ISIS in Syria. Today it has been reported that both of them have been have executed by Muslim extremists.
Kenji Goto is one of those rare individuals who knew that our time on Earth is limited and that one man's actions can do great good. He proceeded in his work and in his life with this rare courage and pure focus. If you have a chance, please read or watch videos containing his important reports.
Kenji, 47, had been an owner of his own media company for many years. He is a Japanese citizen and is a father of three children. He converted to Christianity in 1997.
My family and I also send prayers to Kenji's mother, his wife, his three children and his many friends and co-workers. May they feel God with them in these difficult days. Kenji Goto's light by virtue of all of his contributions to Earth will not be forgotten.
We have the power to focus and remember all the achievements, the humanity, and exceptional courage of this man which should dwarf the horrendous action of simple terrorists. Japan and the rest of the world lost a true hero yesterday.
This song, "Flowers Will Bloom" was written to remember all of those who were lost following the Great Earthquake and Tsunami of East Japan (2011), however the songs clarity and innocence seems appropriate in remembrance of Kenji Goto as well. Kenji was born in Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture which was hit so badly during the earthquake.