| GLOBAL VOYAGE FOR A NUCLEAR-FREE WORLD - PEACE BOAT HIBAKUSHA PROJECT
Boat has invited 100 Hibakusha (Atomic Bomb Survivors) of Hiroshima and
Nagasaki to join its three-month global journey around the world to
share their testimonies of the experience of the atomic bomb with
people around the world.
Global Article 9 Campaign to Abolish War is pleased to support this
project, which presents an opportunity to reconsider the realities of
nuclear weapons together with people from many countries, and to build
a foundation of global civil society action towards the abolition of
historic voyage will be a unique chance to pass along the stories and
memories of Hibakushas, their sufferings and hopes for the future to
present and future generations. Through direct interaction with
youth, citizens, NGOs and victims of wars from other parts of the
world, Hibakushas will not only act as peace and disarmament educators,
raising awareness on the dangers of nuclear weapons and the human costs
of war, but also forcefully add their voices to the call to abolish all
nuclear weapons and create an alternative vision for peace and global
stability that does not rely on force.
addition to filming and producing a documentary of the Hibakushas'
testimonies and experiences on board, public events will be held in all
ports of call and interactive programs with local civil society
organizations and governmental disarmament officials will be organized.
A delegation of Hibakushas will also visit the United Nations
headquarters in New York for a presentation to the 63rd General
Hibakusha Project will take place from September 7 to December 18 2008,
on Peace Boat's 63rd Global Voyage, visiting a total of 22 countries.
project is supported by the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan
Confederation of Atomic and Hydrogen Bomb Sufferers Organizations (Hidankyo), the Global Article 9 Campaign to Abolish War and the International Peace Bureau, among others.
Regular updates about the project will be posted on Peace Boat's and the Global Article 9 Campaign's websites: