Two Brazilian high school students selected as peace ambassadors will join 16 Japanese counterparts to deliver signatures calling for the abolition of nuclear power to the United Nations' European headquarters in Geneva.
Seventeen-year-olds Daniela de Sousa Silva and Venicius de Carvalho, students at Takashi Morita technical high school in San Paulo state, met with a peace study group of high school students in Tokyo on Aug. 14.
Their school in Brazil was named after Morita, a Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor who is currently the head of the Association of Hibakusha-Brazil for Peace. The students were selected as peace ambassadors by the association based on essays and interviews.
“I'm very happy to have been selected to be a peace ambassador,” de Carvalho said. “Listening to Mr. Morita’s experiences, I learned the importance of peace. I want to take over his efforts. At the United Nations, I want to tell the world what I feel now.”
On Aug. 14, the students visited the Center of the Tokyo Raids and War Damage in the capital city's Koto Ward. They heard the experiences of Haruyo Nihei, 76, of the 1945 Great Tokyo Air Raid, viewed photos of the survivors and exchanged opinions with members of the Tokyo high school peace study group.
Earlier this month, the Brazilian teenagers attended a peace ceremony in Nagasaki to mark the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city. They also visited Hiroshima.
The pair will leave for Switzerland on Aug. 19 with 16 Japanese peace ambassadors to deliver the signatures.
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