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European Action Weeks 2015: Commemorating Chernobyl and Fukushima at more than 100 locations

Candles actions, witnesses’ interviews and other events that took place this year in more than 100 cities in Europe, Turkey, Brazil and Japan, remind us of the 29th anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear disaster. "We shouldn’t forget the tragic consequences of the misfortune in Chernobyl that destroyed the lives of so many people”, says Peter Junge-Wentrup, CEO of IBB Dortmund which initiated the campaign of European Action Weeks "For a future after Chernobyl and Fukushima". "We must learn from such disasters for the sake of common history in Europe."

Partner organizations from Great Britain, Poland, Belarus, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Ukraine, Spain and Turkey were taking part in EAW with a total of more than 200 events - including witnesses’ interviews in schools, press-conferences, panel discussions, lectures, music festivals, art and theater performances. The IBB Dortmund had invited 23 witnesses from Ukraine and Belarus to attend nine countries within the framework of Action Weeks. The witnesses were the first hand of help in prevention of the catastrophe’s diffusion in Europe and were telling, how the Chernobyl disaster has affected their lives.

One of the main parts of Action Weeks are candles actions, which were held on the Saturday night of April 25th, 2015 under the motto "A light for Chernobyl". Partners from Brazil and Japan were invited to join our actions for the first time this year to carry out the candles lightening in their countries. They commemorate the nuclear disaster in Fukushima on March 11th, 2011 and the devastating consequences of Goiana radiation accident in Brazil in 1987. One capsule of cesium 137 had killed four people and contaminated hundreds.

Within the 4th European Action Weeks "For a future after Chernobyl and Fukushima" the above mentioned events were organized in the following cities:

Belarus:
Minsk, Zhodino, Volozhin, Dory, Molodechno, Klimovichi, Woropajewo, Orsha, Brest, Kamenets, Pelischtsche, Grodno, Juratischki, Gomel

Germany:
Angermünde, Bad Sassendorf, Berlin, Bingen, Braunschweig, Dickenberg, Ebermannstadt, Eberswalde, Eisenhüttenstadt, Ennepetal, Flensburg, Frankfurt / Oder, Frankfurt / Main, Fürth, Gau Ingelsheim, Guben / Grano, Hagen, Haltern, Heikendorf, Hohenlimburg, Ibbenbüren, Iserlohn, Kiel, Lippstadt, Lübeck, Mettingen, Münster, Oelde, Puesselbueren, Rendsburg, Saerbeck, Salzgitter, Seelow, Soest, Telgte, Uffeln, Welver, Wiettmar, Wolfenbüttel

Great Britain:
London, Kent, East Sussex, Rye

Austria:
Vienna, Stockerau, Harmannsdorf

Poland:
Warsaw, Gdansk, Sopot, Puck, Wladyslawowo, Odargowo, Debki, Lublin, Lubin, Jelenia Góra, Kołobrzeg, Chojnice, Gaski, Wroclaw, Poznan, Krakow, Lodz, Bydgoszcz, Wejherowo

Spain:
Palma de Mallorca, Sa Pobla, Sevilla, Fuensanta, Cordoba, Estepa, Granada, Salamanca, Madrid

Czech Republic:
Prague, Budweis

Turkey:
Sinop, Istanbul, Mersin, Samsun

Ukraine:
Several cities in the region Kharkiv