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Wed. Feb. 22. 2023Visiting Hiroshima and ANT-Hiroshima (NGO)
On February 11th, the KCJS34 Spring visited Hiroshima for the Spring group trip.
The Executive Director Tomoko Watanabe kindly invited us to visit the office to interact with their staff and interns.
Below is a report by David Sternlieb (KCJS34 Spring, Washington University in St. Louis):
“Visiting Hiroshima and the ANT office in early February was a powerfully moving experience. Through listening to a hibakusha explain the emotional and physical aftermath the nuclear bomb had on her and her loved ones, I gained a newfound understanding of the danger of nuclear weapons and how it displaces communities. My feelings of unrest and distress were further reinforced through exploring the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, where I learned about more stories of hardship and misfortune. The following day, I was able to have conversations with ANT employees about the importance of preserving peace, and the necessity to continue educating people about the atrocities of nuclear weapons. Overall, I had an illuminating experience, and I hope the history and stories surrounding Hiroshima continue to be passed down to promote a peaceful future.”