Junior high school students in Urasoe learn about horrors of the atomic bomb
August 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo
Ten students from five junior high schools in Urasoe took part in a peace education session held in Nagasaki from August 8 to 10. They met students who came from all over the country as peace delegations.
After returning to Okinawa, they visited Urasoe mayor Tetsuji Matsumoto at the city hall to report about the memorial service for the atomic bomb victims and the youth forum that they attended. One of the students who listened to atomic bomb victims speaking, said, “I learned about the horrors of the atomic bomb and that all wars only lead to tragedy.”
Before traveling to Nagasaki, the students learned about the Battle of Okinawa by visiting the sites in Urasoe, Ginowan and the southern area of Okinawa.
Takeru Kawamitsu said, “Graphic explanations of the damage done by the atomic bomb made me understand the horrors of war and the preciousness of peace. I want to let people around me know about my experience.”
Mayor Matsumoto said, “The reports from the students impressed me. Wars make no one happy. I want them to remember their experience and pass on the story to their friends, family members and the following generation.”
(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)
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