Asia & the Pacific Interfaith Youth Network (APIYN) delegates visited Hiroshima, Japan, from May 9 to 11 and participated in the G7 Hiroshima Summit Prayer and Symposium by Religious Leaders organized by Religions for Peace Japan on May 10.
All speakers and participants discussed conflict resolution and nuclear abolition not only in Japan but also with young Asian religious leaders who are the leaders of the future.
Before the symposium, APIYN members visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Witnessing the tragedy of the atomic bombing, they were motivated to think about what they, the youth, could do for the future and what they must do now.
They also experienced the importance of learning about peace from all perspectives. Although they learned about the tragic facts of what happened in Hiroshima, people must also consider that Japan is not the only country victimized by this tragedy.
Youth are not only the hope for the future but also for the present. Hoping that more religious leaders will see the world from multiple perspectives, not just one.
Asia and the Pacific Interfaith Youth Network (APIYN) released the statement, “Peace Through Peaceful Means: A Call to G7 Hiroshima Summit Leaders to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.”