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Brahim attended the Oleander Initiative in Hiroshima, Japan during August, 2016

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In Hiroshima, Brahim designed educational projects that transmitted the “lessons of Hiroshima” to his students in Tiznit, Morocco.

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Brahim applied what he learned in Hiroshima as soon as he returned to his classroom in Tiznit.

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He taught his students about the terrible humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and led a peace crane educational activity.

Students learned how to fold origami paper cranes and read the story of Sadako and the 1,000 Paper cranes

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The tremendous reception from his students inspired Brahim to go to Ifrane and Tafraoute, two nearby Moroccan towns and implement his Oleander inspired lesson plan.

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Brahim’s students created over 500 paper cranes

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These cranes will be added to the cranes at the Sadako Sasaki Memorial Statue in Hiroshima in February, 2017

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Paper cranes from around the world surrounding Sadako Sasaki Statue in Hiroshima, Japan

In December, 2016, Brahim organized a conference for the students of Tiznit, Tafraoute and Ifrane in Marrakech.  Over 60 students attended

The students performed drama plays on the themes of nuclear weapons and peace.

The first play explored the devastating effects of nuclear weapons

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An old man appears on stage

 

 

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He recounts what he saw in Hiroshima to his grandchildren

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Hiroshima citizens on the morning of August 6, 1945

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A scientist discovers how to split the atom
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To his dismay, his discovery comes back in the form of a nuclear weapon (far right)

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The scientist tries to stop his discovery
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but doesn’t succeed
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The weapon detonates

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The survivors struggle with the effects of radiation
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The narrator comes onstage

 

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She makes a plea for peace and for a future without nuclear weapons

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Other plays focused on contemporary issues

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This play focused on violence occurring in the MENA region today

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An Angel of Peace stops the violence

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and forces the soldiers to leave

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The play concluded with a song for peace from the angel

Prior to the conference, students in each school produced art around the theme of peace and nuclear disarmament.  The final activity at the Marrakesh Student Peace Conference was the announcement of the winner of the art contest between the three schools.

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The winners of the art contest from Tafraoute

Their work was transferred to tee shirts

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The winning tee shirts were given to each participant at the conference

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Group Photo of Marrakesh Peace Conference Students and Organizers