Life Onboard
Anti-nuclear Organizations Visit Peace Boat while Docked in Rouen, France, May 30, 2017
Representatives from ICAN France and Mayors for Peace are welcomed to the onboard event by atomic bomb survivor Tsuchida Kazumi.
While the ship of Peace Boat's 94th Global Voyage for Peace was docked in Rouen, representatives from the French network of Mayors for Peace - a global network of mayors who support the work towards nuclear weapon abolition, and ICAN - the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, came onboard. The visitors heard about the Hibakusha (survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings) project onboard, where Hibukusha are travelling around the world sharing their experiences of the bombings and calling for a nuclear-free world. Sunahara Yukiko, a second-generation Hibakusha, shared the testimony of her mother, who was exposed to the atomic bomb in Hiroshima at the age of 15. She also highlighted that people continue to suffer today because of the bombing.

Michel Cibot, Managing Director of Mayors for Peace in France, talks of the work of the organisation.
Michel Cibot, Managing Director of Mayors for Peace in France, spoke about the threat of current nuclear weapons that are of greater danger than any natural disaster or geological concern, and that one of their greatest characteristics is their ability to kill people after the bomb. "That is why we need the testimonies of the Hibukusha to remind us of this", he added. He spoke of the need to ban nuclear weapons altogether, with Mayors for Peace and other civil groups working towards this goal.

Jade Loucif from ICAN Youth in France, speaks of their work towards the goal of nuclear weapon abolition.
A youth representative from ICAN France, Jade Loucif, gave a speech about the work of the organisation to look at the humanitarian effect of nuclear weapons and ICAN Youth's goal to engage youth around France about the issue of nuclear weapons. She also encouraged the audience to keep themselves informed, be active and help ICAN work towards the goal of nuclear weapon abolition.

Hibakusha and representatives from ICAN France and Mayors for Peace come together to call for a nuclear-free world.
Attendees were also encouraged to sign the Hibukusha petition, where signatures are being collected to be presented at the second round of negotiations to establish an international treaty on the ban of nuclear weapons taking place at the UN headquarters in June this year.