Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

Friday, May 06, 2005

Women’s Strategy Session for the NPT

At the May 2nd Strategy meeting on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, organized by the New Japan Women's Association, we all wept as one of the visiting hibakusha described what it was like to live through our nuclear attack. We could not understand a word of the lovely and emotional song that concluded the meeting, yet the whole audience connected.

Hundreds of women who had just flown from Japan showered us with exquisite origami peace doves, hand colored cards, pins, and bombing photos. In Japan, gifts are a way of greeting. I wish I had known to come with gifts for them.

This kind of meeting reinvigorates the anti-nuclear movement by linking us emotionally with the victims of these hideous weapons.


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