Peace Boat visits Guatemala to commemorate 70th anniversary

July 10, 2015

By María Eugenia Villarreal, EPCAT, Guatemala

At 70th years since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and with the arrival of Global Travel 87 Peace Boat to Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, on June 29, two forums were organized by ECPAT, PEACE BOAT and Fundación Guatemala to commemorate the 70 anniversary of the bombings, with the participation of 7 hibakusha who presented their testimonies.

On June 30, an event was held on board with the testimony of a hibakusha and with the participation of the  Community Practitioners’ Platform for Resilience of the armed conflict in Guatemala. On July 1, a second forum was held in Antigua, Guatemala. A testimony of a hibakusha was presented. The Counselor of the Japanese Embassy, Representatives of Peace Boat, ECPTA and Fundación Guatemala made their presentations, as well as the Mayor for Peace Network.

An exhibition with posters related the bombing was organized in order for the audience to see how, on 6 of August 1945, atomic bombs instantaneously reduced to rubble the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, taking hundreds of thousands of precious lives. Today, more than seventy years after the war, thousands of citizens still suffer the devastating consequences of radiation and a great emotional pain. To avoid a repetition of the tragedies of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, these forums are held to tell the world about the inhumane cruelty of nuclear weapons and urge that nuclear weapons be abolished through  an international ban treaty.

For more information on Peace Boat and this current voyage in remembrance of the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, visit the Peace Boat website.

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