|Koko Tanimoto Kondo at a gathering|
in White Rock, BC, February 4
"I have had the privilege to travel with Koko and hear her story twice now and have been truly grateful for the experience. She is an exceptionally strong person for sharing and reliving her powerful story year after year. Anyone who takes part in listening to her story will remember it vividly for the rest of their lives as I know I will. Any hibakusha(atomic-bomb survivor)'s tale is something you will never forget and be privileged to listen to, and I hope you will be as grateful to Koko as I am for sharing it yet again."
-- Tammy Mueller, past participant from the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Study Tour of 2010 from Webster University, St. Louis
"Meeting Koko Kondo provided one of the indelible aspects of the American University peace study trip to Japan. The insights she shared about bomb's affect on her life, and the lives of others, stories about her father and the people of Hiroshima, provided all participants something of rare value. Her wisdom, sense of humor, and optimism were deeply moving. I look forward to seeing her again."
|Koko speaks at the University of Victoria, BC, January 31 |
(A Neil Burton Memorial Lecture)
-- John Chappell, professor of history at Webster University, a participant of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki peace tour of 2011
If you would like to hear Koko's talk, this may be the last chance in North America in a while. She will speak at the University of Washington, Seattle, on February 7. See below for details.
*** Koko will appear in the King-5 News in Seattle between 8:30 and 9:00 AM on February 8. Please tune in! ***
Tuesday February 7, 2012
The University of Washington, Seattle, WA
One of the remaining survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bombing, Ms. Kondo has spent many years working for peace. She has made it a priority to share her perspective on the effects of the bombing that reverberate through her life and the lives of others and to bring a greater understanding of how we can make a difference in the world. Kondo was an infant and 1.1 km away from the hypocenter of the first atomic bomb dropped on August 6, 1945 in Hiroshima, Japan. Kondo, who miraculously survived the bombing, grew up with victims who came to her father’s church on a daily basis. Seeing the terrible scars on people, and the devastation all around, Koko hoped to meet the ‘bad guys’ who did this to them. Then, that opportunity arrived....
For more information on Koko Tanimoto Kondo, see HERE.