On April 11th, 2022, Peace Boat US Intern Nathan Reichert held “Peace Boat and Tufts University’s Amnesty International and Japanese Culture Clubs Present: Every Second Counts for the Survivors.” The event featured Higashino Mariko, a second-generation Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) who shared the story of her mother’s experience living through the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945.
After Ms. Higashino told her and her mother’s story, she answered questions from the Tufts students centering around how youth can contribute to the success of Hibakusha in influencing global politics surrounding nuclear energy and weapons. Ms. Higashino stressed the importance of participating in peace movements and sharing her story with others.
The event provided the Tufts University students with an invaluable learning opportunity to discuss online directly with a second-generation Hibakusha from Hiroshima. Ms. Higashino’s testimony taught us the importance of nuclear disarmament and sharing Hibakusha’s stories with the younger generation. We may one day see a world without nuclear weapons with these types of international educational efforts.
Watch the Hibakusha presentation here at this link Video Link:
Learn more about “Every Second Counts for the Survivors: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project Online” here: https://peaceboat.org/english/news/hibakusha-project-online