"I was her age."
THE PROJECT IN A NUTSHELL
Here is Project "I was her age." element by element. Please look at each subheading for a more detailed explanation of the project.
The Peace Boat: an ocean liner that will take The Team around the world between April and July 2015. 24 countries will be visited. Peace Boat has long experience working with Hibakusha.
The Child-Survivor Team: eight elderly people who survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as 3- to 16-year olds. You can get to know them here (along with three Japanese youth who will be traveling with them).
The "I was her age." Story: a brief story about a child-survivor that brings home to parents (and anyone else listening) the impending threat to young people and the world. It has been translated into many languages here and we have two outstanding posters that illustrate The Story.
Host Cities:Ten Mayors for Peace cities -- Kochi, India; Catania, Italy; Lisbon, Portugal; Gonfreville L'Orcher, France; Brugge, Ypres, and Brussels, Belgium; Gdansk, Poland; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Reykjavik, Iceland -- will welcome Child-Survivors to their country and hold an activity relating to the "I was her age." theme. A few other cities may be announced soon.
The Social Media Campaign: will help people 'come along with' The Team as they circle the world and return to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This Facebook page is just the beginning.
The Finale: after returning to Japan The Team members will attend either the Hiroshima or Nagasaki 70th commemoration, 6 or 9 August. Those taking part in The Social Media Campaign can watch the event 'through the eyes of a child-survivor.' or organize their own commemorations.
The Documentary: a 15- to 20-minute video capturing the highlights of the "journey to the heart of the world" will be ready in time for use in Hiroshima and Nagasaki event in cities and communities around the world.
Solutions: we will look at important new diplomatic efforts in which non-nuclear-weapon states are taking the lead to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. And how those efforts could transform the political debate in the nuclear armed states in favor of establishing a nuclear weapon free world.
The Objective: to have a very large, well-informed, motivated, global audience take part in The Finale. How large? A million would be good!