Global Voyage for a Nuclear Free World - Peace Boat Hibakusha Project
"Global Voyage for Nuclear Free World": Disarmament Education
Peace Boat's Hibakusha Project means Hibakusha can share their testimony around the world, including with schools, governments and the media
Students, educators, mayors, diplomats, policy makers, civil society representatives and Nobel Peace Laureates have joined this project, in ports and onboard the ship.
Two documentary films on the project, by young filmmakers from Costa Rica and Japan, are
screened internationally and, as tools of value for disarmament education, are available for purchase on Amazon here: English and Spanish.
Global Voyage for a Nuclear Free World" working with other victims and survivors
Hibakusha from South Korea, Canada, the United States and Brazil have also joined the project.
Peace Boat's programs link the issue of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Japan's wartime behavior, bringing issues about historical recognition and the Asia-Pacific into disarmament education.
The Hibakusha meet with other victims and survivors of war, including Holocaust survivors in Auschwitz and people affected by Agent Orange/Dioxin in Viet Nam, to share their experiences and explore how to pass their knowledge on to future generations and prevent the recurrence of such tragedies.
Activities in 2015- the 70th Anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The 8th edition of the Peace Boat Hibakusha Project returned to Japan in July 2014, after taking place onboard the 87th Global Voyage, from April-July, 2015. Marking the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this voyage included a special project being held in collaboration with Mayors for Peace: "I was her age." Events held in host cities around the world which are members of this global network consisted of encounters between child-survivors of the atomic bombings and local parents with children who are now the age the survivors were in 1945, specifically between 5 and 11 years old. When a parent understands that what happened to the Hibakusha could happen to their child, they will hopefully be motivated by their powerful instinct to protect their child to join the global effort to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons. Read more about the project on the Mayors for Peace 2020 Campaign website here.
Further information and photos from the voyage can be seen on the I Was Her Age Project Facebook here, and further reports are available on the 87th Global Voyage page here.
The full voyage report is also now available online here in English or in Japanese (PDF).
The full report on activities which took place in ports in collaboration with Mayors for Peace and local civil society organisations is now available here in English (PDF).
General overview of the project
Profiles of participating Hibakusha and accompanying youth
A 30 minute documentary was also produced by British filmmaker Emma Baggott, following the Hibakusha on their journey around the world. It can be viewed in full or downloaded here:
The seventh Hibakusha Project was held onboard the 83rd Global Voyage from March-June, 2014. Eight survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, accompanied by two youth communicators for a world without nuclear weapons, gave testimonies onboard and in ports around the world, with highlights including visiting Auschwitz, where they met with Holocaust survivors and local students to compare history education in Japan and Europe, and learn about ways to look at and to pass on the experiences of war to future generations, and Tahiti, where participants shared their awareness about the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons with survivors of French nuclear testing and exchanged opinions with local youth to support the movement toward nuclear abolition. Read more about the project onboard the 83rd voyage here, including the overview, and the profiles of the Hibakusha and accompanying youth here.
Volunteer Web Reporter for the project onboard the 80th Global Voyage, Ari Beser also maintained a blog about the Hibakusha Project's activities on the web site of the Breaking the Nuclear Chain campaign, coordinated by the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) together with Peace Boat and IKV-Pax Christi. Read his reports and learn more about the campaign here.
*** Download the Peace Boat Hibakusha project brochure here in English and Spanish.