Report by Ms. Bruna Rondoni, the City of Cervia, Italy
On January 17, 2023, the City of Cervia, in collaboration with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, organized an online meeting between pupils of Michelangelo Buonarroti Primary School and Mrs. Yoshiko Kajimoto, survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing.
The students at the M. Buonarroti Primary School reported as follows:
“On January 17, 2023, we children of the 5th class of the Michelangelo Buonarroti School made a connection via Zoom with the city of Hiroshima, and the hibakusha YOSHIKO KAJIMOTO, a lady who survived the explosion of the atomic bomb on August 6, 1945, was waiting for us.
The witness told us in detail a dramatic experience of her life that has profoundly marked the history of humanity. She described her state of mind and the strength she had to survive and find her family again.
At the end of the story some of us asked questions and told the lady about how we children take care of “Pacifico,” a Ginkgo Biloba plant which represents the symbol of peace and which comes directly from Hiroshima.
Hibakusha’s message reached our hearts directly and taught us that we can all fight so that these episodes that only bring hatred and destruction never happen again.
It was a very emotional moment for us to have lived such a special day.”