On 27 April in Kochi, India, a group of elderly survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be joining all of us to wave goodbye to nuclear weapons. Why from Kochi? Because that happens to be where, on their world tour, they will be on 27 April. They will continue circumnavigating the world until they get back to Japan in time to attend the 70th commemorations of the attacks they remember all too vividly.
Along their “journey to the heart of the world”, they aim to attract a huge ‘following’, to help to educate them, and to inspire them to hold Hiroshima/Nagasaki outreach events around 6-9 August in their communities.
So, while you are doing a “Goodbye, Nukes!” activity, why not do a “Bon Voyage, Child-Survivors!” wave ALSO?
The Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign is teaming up with Peace Boat’s Hibakusha Project on this endeavor we call “I was her age.” (To understand the title better, please, read the very short story below.) A dozen member cities of Mayors for Peace will roll out the red carpet for child-survivors. The Chairman of the 2020 Vision Campaign has written to over 6000 cities inviting them to wish the child-survivors Bon Voyage. He highlights the option of combining this with the Global Wave. If your city is among the members of Mayors for Peace, you can contact City Hall and get them to pay special attention to this call to action. (If your Mayor is not a member, involve him/her in your event anyway, tell them about the “I was her age.” Project, and get him/her to join.)
With or without City Hall, I hope you will help these wonderful elderly child-survivors develop the global impact they aim for. Look up the project’s Facebook page and “like” it. Better still, “invite” your Facebook friends to ‘like’ it, too. But whatever you do after (or before) you wave “Goodbye, Nukes!” take ONE MINUTE more to wave “Bon Voyage, Child Survivors!” If you want to go crazy, get behind a railing and throw lots of streamers and confetti.
Contact: Aaron Tovish, email@example.com
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THE “I was her age.” STORY (male version):
A young father is taking a stroll in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park with his son. They encounter an elderly man and the father strikes up a conversation with him. It soon emerges that the old man was in Hiroshima on 6 August 1945.
After hearing some of his experiences from that day, the father asks, "So, how old were you?"
The old man, gesturing toward the boy, replies. "I was his age."
This story has been translated into many languages.