Oslo, Norway, December 2017 

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Hiroshima, ICAN, Japanese, Nagasaki, Norway, Oslo, Seeds, disarmament, hope, nuclear arms, plant, survivor, tree, trust, weapons



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Masakazu Saito


09 December 17 @ 14:02


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9 December 2017, Oslo, Norway: Some 22 "Hibakusha", survivors from the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, joined Norwegian representatives the mayor of Oslo, principal of Oslo University, and the head of the Oslo Museum of National History for an event themed "Seeds for Peace" in the Oslo Botanical Garden. As a token of hope, together they planted seeds, as part of the Nobel Peace Prize celebrations in Oslo on 9-10 December. Oslo hosts the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony on 9-10 December 2017. The prize in 2017 goes to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), for "its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons". Masakazu Saito is a 94 year-old survivor of an atomic bombing. "I was told by the doctors 27 seven times that I will not survive," he says, bearing a crack in his skull from the time the bomb fell. Since then, he has started an organization called "Iwato Prefectural A-bomb Sufferers Association". "In a world where with today's technology, two bombs can kill the entire population of the Earth, killing women and men, adults and children: we cannot have this. Peace. No war." he says.

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