Thursday, April 12, 2012

postheadericon Chitarkari & Banyans- the Pursuit of Identity

Fauzia Minallah, author and illustrator of the children's peace education book, Sadako's Prayer, has recently published Chitarkari & Banyans - The Pursuit of Identity.

"Chitarkari" is the ancient art of slate engravings which were used to decorate tombs in the Gangar mountain region of Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier.

In Chitarkari & Banyans Fauzia explores the roots of her creative identity in her own past and the now threatened cultural diversity of Pakistan.

Fauzia has graciously given us her permission to publish an extract from Chitarkari & Banyans



Friday, April 6, 2012

postheadericon Great East Japan Earthquake One Year On: We Won't Forget That Day

On 11th March 2012 people all over Japan marked the one year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. In Hiroshima, a commemorative 3 minute video was made of the event, which you can view here.
Thursday, April 5, 2012

postheadericon Voices From Fukushima 3: I desperately want my children to live where they can run freely.

After the earthquake, everything was in a shambles, but we expected things to come back to normal after the power came on and the water started running. But about ten days later the children’s school told us to keep them inside due to radioactivity. If they had to go out, we should dress them in mask, gloves, coat and cap; we should wash their hands frequently. But we had no water from the pipes to wash with.... Continued here.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012

postheadericon Voices From Fukushima 2: Radiation Had Seeped Into Every Space That Connects Us With Nature

The March 11 earthquake shook our house terribly, but by dusk, we’d picked up the mess. We felt independent because we had a generator, our own well, a garden, and a wood stove.

By evening, we knew that something was very wrong... continued here
Sunday, April 1, 2012

postheadericon Voices From Fukushima 1: Yayoi Watanabe Speaks About Fears Arising From the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

It’s frightening to breathe. It’s dangerous to go outside. When we do go out, we wear masks. We wear long sleeves even in summer. Doors have to stay shut, always. Of course, children no longer frolic in the woods or play in the dirt, even in my town, which is located 60 kilometers from the Daiichi Plant.  Continued

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What is ANT-Hiroshima?

Asian Network of Trust-Hiroshima, an NGO based in Hiroshima, Japan, draws its inspiration from the experience of the A-bomb survivors who, together with international support, worked to rebuild their shattered city in a spirit of peace and reconciliation. In a similar spirit, ANT-Hiroshima is involved in a range of relief, reconstruction, and peace-building projects in a number of countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

ANT-Hiroshima’s work is rooted in the twin missions of providing material, as well as emotional, support to the people we serve. We bring a human touch to the provision of emergency relief in areas devastated by natural disaster or human conflict. Operating on a small scale at the local level, we share a spirit of warmth and compassion along with such immediate material needs as food, clothing, water, shelter, and medical supplies and services.

In Japan, too, our work is inspired by the spirit of Hiroshima in our efforts to motivate the next generation of Japanese to view the world with compassionate eyes. Through programs in education, we strive to stimulate the awareness and action of young people towards both the material and emotional needs of their local communities as well as the international community.

Tomoko Watanabe,
Founder and Executive Director,

Green Legacy Hiroshima

Green Legacy