After the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the survivors – called Hibakusha – all have different stories, but share one sad similarity. The memory of three colors: the yellow flash, the redness of the fire, and the black rain.
To increase awareness of the urgent need for nuclear abolition, Peace Boat has invited more than 150 Hibakusha since 2008 to participate in the “Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project” in order to share their personal testimonies about the effects of the atomic bombs with people around the world.
Peace Boat has also cooperated with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on land and at sea onboard Peace Boat’s ship to call for the realization of a global treaty banning nuclear weapons. More information about this important initiative is available at http://www.icanw.org
August of 2015 will mark the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the average age of Hibakushas is now over 78 years old. The precious opportunity to hear the firsthand testimonies of survivors is diminishing moment by moment. Therefore, it is crucial for younger generations to listen to the testimonies of the Hibakusha, and to become aware of the risks of atomic bombs and related nuclear issues on their own future. The stories and profiles of Hibakusha who are actively speaking up about their experiences are available at the Hibakusha Stories project website at http://www.hibakushastories.org
Hibakusha Stories is a UN affiliated NGO that educates new generations about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was launched by Dr. Kathleen Sullivan, a disarmament educator who has been engaged in the nuclear abolition movement for over 25 years, and who has been a long-term partner of Peace Boat.
In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki this upcoming 6th and 9th of August 2015, Dr. Sullivan has produced an amazing short film with animator Amber Cooper-Davies and a team of talented musicians. The beautifully animated film traces the history of the nuclear age from the Manhattan Project, to the first atomic bomb, to today’s efforts to achieve a global treaty banning nuclear weapons.
Peace Boat US highly recommends this film, and encourages you to share it and help raise awareness of the Nuclear Age.
This post was created and published by Ornella Corsant-Colat
(Peace Boat US intern)