Buddhist monks, Japan Self-Defense Force, Firefighters, and other relief workers observe a moment of silence on April 11, exactly one month after the devastating earthquake hit northeastern Japan, on 'Hiyori Yama,' or Weather Hill, in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture. Local fishermen used to climb the man-made hump and decide whether it was safe to fish. Koichi Nakamura/Yomiuri Shimbun/AP
A Japanese family cleans an area around their house next to the grounded ship at an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in the port town of Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, Japan, on April 11. Sergey Ponomarev/AP
Japanese stop for a moment of silence at 2:46pm, exactly a month after a massive earthquake struck the area in the port town of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, on April 11. Sergey Ponomarev/AP
Members of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force (l.) and firemen take a moment of silence in an area destroyed by a tsunami in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, on April 11, one month to the day after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the city. Vincent Yu/AP
Greenpeace activists and other environmentalists light candles amidst hundreds of paper cranes at the Heroes' Monument in solidarity to the Japanese disaster victims at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines, on April 11. The protesters are calling for an end to nuclear power around the world. Bullit Marquez/AP
Students and Greenpeace activists attend a candle light vigil in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad on April 11. Dozens of students and activists participated in the vigil to mark the one month anniversary after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami battered Japan's northeast coast. The banner (l.) reads, 'Say no to nuclear energy. Japan is helpless, what will happen to India?' Amit Dave/Reuters
A survivor checks a personal item as photos found in the rubble hang down from ropes in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on April 11. Tsuyoshi Matsumoto/Yomiuri Shimbun/AP
A survivor prays in an area destroyed by a tsunami in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, on April 11. Vincent Yu/AP
A Japanese family walks along the flooded street at an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in the port town of Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, Japan, on April 11. Sergey Ponomarev/AP
A survivor looks over the destruction in the town hit by the March 11 tsunami of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, on April 10. Vincent Yu/AP
The South African government charged Eugene De Kock for killing dozens with anti-apartheid activists during that era. The Christian Science Monitor covered his 1996 trial.
BySudarsan Raghavan, Correspondent
This article originally appeared in the Sept. 30, 1996, edition of The Christian Science Monitor right before Eugene De Kock, head of a deadly apartheid state covert unit, was sentenced to two life terms and an additional 212 years in prison. The South African government granted him parole Friday after 20 years.