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Over 3 days one Scout from each National Scout Organisation (NSO) was lucky enough to attend the International Peace Forum and were joined by selected Japanese School students form Nagasaki area. I was one of the four WOSM members that was to accompany the 140 Scouts to the forum.

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Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which detonated on August 6 and August 9, 1945, the first and so far the only nuclear weapons used in war. The two towns of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have become important symbols of nuclear weapons.

The first day was filled with introductory content A visit to the Atomic Bomb monument in Peace Park for a minute of silence where Scouts laid a wreath of flowers and a guided visit the Atomic Bomb Museum.

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The following three days the scouts and Japanese students had motivational talks from Astronaut Mr. Soichi Noguchi and were shown some beautiful photos that he had captured of earth from the International Space Station.

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Yoshiro Yamayaki , a survivor of the Nagasaki explosion. He was just eleven years on August 9, 1945, when the clock stopped literally at 11.02, and when he saw what materialize the nuclear horror that brought death to his family and the people dearest to him. Today, 70 years after those terrible days, it is hard to remember the faces of some members of his family, but continues to fight for a world without nuclear weapons.

“I pray that no one else can experience the brutal tragedy to which I attended at the age of eleven. However they say there are twenty or thirty thousand nuclear warheads in existence, all far more powerful than the atomic bombs used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There are still many people in the world who do not know how cruel and terrible nuclear weapons. The world is still fighting civil wars and international conflicts. Please lend your strength to eliminate nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth and ensure that Nagasaki is the last place on Earth to suffer an atomic bombing. We all work together to build a peaceful world without war. ”

Yoshiro Yamayaki

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Nagasaki Bay

The most powerful talk for me came from Dr, Katherine Sullivan, disarmament educator, author, activist and producer who has been engaged in the nuclear issue for the last 22 years. The former coordinator of the Nuclear Weapons Education and Action Project of Educators for Social Responsibility, had incites that were powerful and unforgettable.  She has two very powerful movies “The Last Atomic Bomb” (2005), and “The Ultimate Wish” (2010) which we saw parts and she discussed the Manhattan Project to the youth members t ogive them more context.

“As citizens of the world, we have a duty to alert the public to the unnecessary risks that we live with everyday. We foresee great peril if governments and societies do not take action now to render nuclear weapons obsolete.”

-Professor Stephen Hawking

Her final session was a sound activity.  See asked the audience to close their eyes and to imagine.  Katherine took one BB Gun bullet and asked the young people to imagine that representing all the fire power in the first world war. She then dropped it into a metal bucket.  Ding. She then took two BB Gun bullet and asked the young people to imagine that representing all the fire power in the second world war. She then dropped it into the metal bucket. Ding. Katherine then asked the young people to keep in mind what they had just heard and now imagine the sound that they were about the hear is representing all the fire power that is currently stored in the world. One bullet dropped in. Ding.  Then two dropped in. Ding.  Then another. Ding.  Then hundreds of bullets put the bucket causing a constant stream for over 30 seconds.

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One thought on “International Peace Forum

  1. Caitlin–Thank you for sharing about your experience. My son was the BSA (United States) delegate to this forum. Please contact me to discuss the International Peace Forum.

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