Actions in Solidarity with Japan
Declaration of solidarity by children in France 2011
Alexandra Zanne ensured that people and especially children could express their feelings of solidarity when exhibiting the Gezoncourt mural together with the Japanese one showing cherry trees blossoming.
The idea of realizing a summer camp for children from Japan did not materialize but certainly many families declared their willingness to take in some Japanese children if it was to take place.
After March 11 2011
Discussion about how to help:
As to the RELIEF action for Japanese children and youth to join a summer camp, I had a long talk with Maria Capari and her daughter Stella who is now 13 years of age and very mature. When we did our first mural here in Athens and which became known “the war is over”, Stella participated as one of the children. She was also at the Kids’ Guernica action in Kastelli, Crete in 2006 and in Chios in 2007. Later she went with her mother to Japan to Kyoto for a Kids’ Guernica action there. Thus she has this Kids’ Guernica specific knowledge and experience. She will talk with her school as they are organizing a summer camp. Reflections with Stella
Stella was very keen to know how we shall organize the coming of the Japanese children and youth to Europe during this coming summer and especially how we shall pay for the flight tickets?
I have asked Takuya to prepare a list of children and youth who are both in need and equally willing to come. It would be best that other children take up correspondence with them.
There are above all the children who did a mural in Sendai one month before the catastrophe struck on March 11th.
It was very good to talk with Stella since we had not seen each other for some time but due to the memories of Kids’ Guernica and related experience, it is vital to see what happens to her and others who have been involved in past actions. This growing up and maturing with such an international understanding brings to fore what children reflect best: a much greater maturity for they do not expect to push a bottom and get immediate result. For instance, Stella asked how to get the interest of adults in order to support the RELIEF action for this summer?
Contact with Gezoncourt and Gent:
Stella will also write a letter (in French) to the youngsters who did the mural in Gezoncourt together with Alexandra Zanne as well as to the young people involved in Kids’ Guernica in Gent. Alexandra has continued to exhibit the Gezoncourt mural together with the Japanese mural showing the cherry tree blossoming. Audiences were asked to give their support to Japan. Children painted messages.