Life Onboard
In Pics II: Suez Canal to Copenhagen, May 30, 2017
Peace Boat participants take a picture by the Egyptian-Japanese friendship bridge while the ship sailed through the Suez Canal, that connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. The Japanese government assisted in the building of the bridge, that opened in 2001, and links the continent of Africa to Asia.

Four survivors of chemical weapons used in the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s joined Peace Boat's 94th Global Voyage between Greece and Spain. There was opportunity to meet with the Hibakusha (survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings), also travelling onboard and to share experiences of being exposed to weapons, whether chemical or nuclear, during war and how this continues to impact on their lives today.

Joining the 94th Voyage from Greece to France, Guest Educator Jasna Bastic shared her experience of growing up in Sarajevo during the siege between 1992-1995. Now living in Switzerland, where she fled to as a war refugee, she also highlighted that for refugees, it is not their choice to leave their homes, but they are forced to, not knowing what their future will look like.

As well as the opportunity to take English and Spanish lessons onboard through the Global English/Español Training (GET) programme, participants have been able to learn key phrases from Italian, Portuguese and French as the ship sailed through the European leg of the voyage. Not only these languages, but Peace Boat participants have also been learning Japanese sign language.

While the ship 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. Meeting with the Hibakusha, Michel Cibot, Managing Director of Mayors for Peace in France, highlighted that the organisation with other civil groups are working towards the goal to realise a nuclear weapon ban.