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Nuclear Bomb Survivors Visit Iceland

This year is the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War—a war which ended, on its Japanese front, with the dropping of the world’s first nuclear bombs on civilians.

In commemoration of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese authorities are working with two peace organizations to bring survivors of the attacks to cities all over the world.

The Japanese are working with Peace Boat and Mayors for Peace, an organization which Reykjavík is a part of. The project is called ‘I Was Her Age’ and is a way for childhood survivors of the bombings to tell their story and strong message of peace to the youngest generation.

Survivors of the blasts are called Hibakusha in Japanese, which literally translates as The people who came under the effects of the atom bombs. The Hibakusha taking part in ‘I Was Her Age’ were all children aged 6-11 when the bombs went off in 1945, and are now 75-81-years-old.

They all live in the shadow of those events to this day and have very strong memories of when the world changed forever.

The famous Japanese-based Peace Boat docked in Reykjavík harbor yesterday and Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson welcomed the guests of honor at Höfði house at 10.00. The elderly guests spoke with a small number of selected Icelandic children and their parents; as well as meeting the press.

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