ICAN campaigners in Serbia gearing up for a busy December
December 13, 2013
By Jelena Vicentic
On 28 November Assistance Advocacy Access – Serbia (AAAS), an ICAN partner organisation, organised a public event in the city of Kruševac, in cooperation with the Kruševac Cultural Center and Serbian Red Cross. The activities included a movie screening, a lecture about the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, recent developments in the area, and a presentation about ICAN and the objectives of achieving a treaty banning nuclear weapons. The event was attended by local non-governmental organizations, an association of victims of war, regional media, in addition to a high level of youth participation who demonstrated a great interest in the topic. This event was immediately followed by a 3-day exhibition on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which allowed attendees learn about the catastrophic consequences of nuclear weapons. This was accompanied by a Bombs-No-More activity where campaigners, young and old, used their imaginations to, quite literally, re-imagine a nuclear bomb. You can check out some of their creative ‘solutions’ at www.facebook.com/AssistanceAdvocacyAccessSerbia
This was one of the events planned for the winter. In the following weeks the National Association of Veterans with Disabilities in cooperation with AAAS hosted a petition signing on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December and, a week later a lecture and an exhibition was organised in cooperation with the Serbian Red Cross in the city of Smederevo.
In the coming days, from 13 to 15 December, AAAS, in association with Istra Book Fair, will hold a stall at the Pula Book Fair, the biggest cultural event of the season in Croatia. Campaigners distribute ICAN materials, recently translated into Croatian, gather signatures for the petition and hold a kids’ corner reserved for Bombs-No-More activities.
Finally, on 17 December, AAAS and Serbian Red Cross have planned a regional meeting in Belgrade. Stay tuned for updates! Check the AAAS Facebook page for the latest photos, reports and commentary, as well as the ICAN in Southeast Europe Facebook page to hear about and discuss recent and upcoming activities in the region.