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Antinuclear Exhibition "Transforming the Human Spirit" Shown in Spain, Peru and Argentina

LimaTHS exhibition in Lima, Peru

On September 8, SGI-Spain opened the SGI’s antinuclear exhibition, "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS) at the SGI-Spain Culture Center in Rivas-Vaciamadrid City, attended by some 100 people including local SGI members and representatives of the Madrid Community Interfaith Dialogue Association.

At the opening ceremony, SGI-Spain Public Relations Officer Inés Vázquez outlined the purpose of the exhibition, and introduced a signature gathering campaign calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons being conducted by high school students from Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan.

SGI-Spain Youth Leader Pablo Juárez then shared the horrors of the effects of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and participants watched excerpts from the SGI film "Testimonies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Women Speak Out for Peace."

SGI-Spain youth representatives spoke on Second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons and the history of SGI’s commitment to peace both internationally and in Spain.

After listening to the speakers, many of those present signed the Japanese high school students’ petition drive which has gathered nearly 700,000 signatures over ten years, and made paper cranes which symbolize peace in Japan.

The exhibition ran until September 28.

Commemorating September 21, the United Nations International Day of Peace, the “Transforming the Human Spirit” exhibition was also shown in Peru at the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations in Lima from September 17-28. Some 3,000 citizens viewed the exhibition.

From September 22-23, SGI-Argentina youth members held a series of peace events based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s annual peace proposals and showed the exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" at the SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium in Buenos Aires.

[Adapted from articles in the September 20, October 1 and 12, 2012, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan and a report from SGI-Spain; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]