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Young People Talk About Peace

Young People Talk About Peace
Participants in the Peace Memorial Day to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan at the University of the South Pacific’s Japan-Pacific ICT Theatre, in Suva last Tuesday.
August 19
12:34 2017

The University of the South Pacific’s first Peace Memorial Day to com – memorate the Hiroshima bombing in Japan was held at the Japan-Pacific ICT
Theatre last Tuesday.

It was organised by World Peace Initiative Foundation and the Japan-Pacific Alumni Association of the University of the South Pacific as a build-up to the National Youth Day, which was on August 12.

Oceania Regional co-ordinator for World Peace Initiative Foundation, Elvis Kumar said the event is to remember the most powerful nuclear bomb ever made by mankind that wiped out thousands of lives in Hiroshima.

During the session two videos were screened that showed the events of August 6, 1945 – the bombing of Hiroshima.

Mr Kumar said the audience was given a clear idea as to how the situation was in Hiroshima 72 years ago.

“We thought as young people and as this is our week with the theme on peace, we can commemorate this day and pay tribute to Japan.”

They also invited the First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Fiji, Tamamitsu Shinichi to brief them more on the events of Hiroshima nuclear blasts.

“We had a short meditation session for peace which everyone actively took part in,” Mr Kumar added.

They also talked about the opportunities that the World Peace Initiative Foundation provides for the self-development of young people world-wide. People attended the session with questions and discussion by young people on the topics of peace, youth participation and events of Hiroshima.
Mr Kumar said young people are the future leaders of the world and they have to know about the effects of such disastrous actions so they make wise decisions in future as leaders and such events are never repeated as this is not the culture of humanity that we want.

They plan is to make it an annual event with the support of the Embassy of Japan.

This year’s International Youth Day Theme 2017 was celebrated globally last Saturday, August 12, with the theme “Youth Building Peace”.


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