JOCV hold Peace Exhibition

Japanese volunteers educate St Lucians about their past.

During the final stages of World War II in 1945, the United States conducted two atomic bombings against the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, the first on August 6, 1945 and the second on August 9, 1945. These two events are the only active deployments of nuclear weapons in war to date. By executive order of President Harry S Truman, the US dropped the nuclear weapon “Little Boy” on the city of Hiroshima on Monday, August 6, 1945.  Within the first two to four months of the bombings, the acute effects killed 90,000–166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki. Japan is the only country to have suffered atomic bomb attacks.
The JOCV (Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers) will hold “Peace Exhibition”. This exhibition will present the story of the experience of the World War, especially about the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. We would like to share our experience and would like you to think about what peace really is.  Join us on Saturday March 2 from 9am to 3pm at the Castries City Hall for a movie about the Hiroshima atomic bomb.  There will also be a panel discussion about the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb. There will be much more in store for patrons including Sadako’s story and Japanese paper craft.
JOCV stands for Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers. In 1994, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) signed an agreement with Saint Lucia to dispatch JOCV, being implemented from the following year. More than 100 JOCVs have worked in Saint Lucia to date. As of February 2011, there are 17 JOCVs working with the local people to build a better nation in such areas as social welfare, education, industrial diversification, and others. We will expand further our activities from now on.

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