Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project
Since 2008, Japan-based international NGO Peace Boat has invited Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to participate in the "Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project." As of July 2013, over 150 Hibakusha have travelled around the world giving personal testimonies about the effects of the atomic bombs and calling for nuclear abolition. The messages from Hiroshima and Nagasaki have the potential to deeply move people around the world who are affected by war, violence, poverty and environmental issues. This project is held annually onboard Peace Boat's global voyages. As the average age of the Hibakusha is now more than 76 years old, the time remaining for them to directly send out their urgent message is very limited.
This July, 9 Hibakusha from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, accompanied by a Youth Special Communicator for a Nuclear-Free World, will travel again with Peace Boat to give testimonies onboard and in twelve ports around the world, exploring the theme of "passing on the legacy to the next generations." Various guests will join the project for segments of the voyage such as Takeshi Nakatani, the only Japanese official guide of the Auschwitz National Museum in Poland, Clifton Truman Daniel, the oldest grandson of the 33rd President of the United States Harry S. Truman and others.
As one of the coordinating members of the Breaking the Nuclear Chain campaign, Peace Boat will be reporting about the Hibakusha's travels around the world through a blog on this web site.
Please follow the survivors on their journey and join them in their activities calling for a nuclear free world through this web site!