Sunday, August 07, 2005

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Wings of Peace flying!

More from Hiroshima. Me and my young travel companions have a day of rest, after three days of hard work. Ashwin (14yr), Anouk (14yr) and Hannah (15yr) did a great job the last couple of days!

We visited the Peace Park and Peace Museum at the site where the atomic bomb exploded in Hiroshima 60 years ago. This was extremely impressive. Images and stories of victims and survivors, heart-breaking, even for adults. Photographs of severely wounded children who did not survive their injuries. Objects that were found in the destroyed area, like melted glass bottles and a clock, completely destroyed, but the metal parts still indicating the time of the explosion: 8.15 a.m.

The kids are seriously impressed. They want to and will tell everybody that this should never ever happen again. They joined a Greenpeace commemoration event, sending a message of peace. Wings of Peace, with 10.000 messages from 160 different countries were flying in the blue sky in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome. (Images can be found at e.g. and

Every day, the kids write their weblogs on a students website with more than 30.000 members. They did 'live' radio interviews and the main news program for the youth in Holland covered their story. Already a great result, and there is more to come! I am very proud of them. Those who are interested can view their stories and photos on

Impressive and successful days.
When I get the chance to visit another Japanese internet cafe, I will tell you more.
(not easy, typing on a Japanese keyboard ;-) )


Blogger Truth Seeker said...

Thanks for these reports Rianne, it must have been good to see so much enthusiasm from the children, and the media as well.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 4:24:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice work, Rianne! The International Herald Tribune pix mean major audience for your efforts.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 12:49:00 pm  

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