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    Indigenous women from South Australia and the Marshall Islands will be visiting Brisbane this Thursday on the final leg of their four cities in four days speaking tour raising awareness about the impacts of nuclear testing on their lives, and why a treaty banning nuclear weapons is urgently needed.

    Brisbane – Thursday 7th April

    Metro Arts
    109 Edward St
    Brisbane, QLD 4000

    Free event. If possible, please register:

    Speakers include: Abacca Anjain-Maddison, (Marshall Islands), Sue Coleman-Haseldine (Kokatha-Mula, SA), Rose Lester(Yankunytjatjara-Anangu, SA)

    Music by Ofa Fanaika, treats by Native Culinary Ecstasy

    For many people in Australia and the Pacific, nuclear weapons are not a distant, abstract threat, but a lived reality – a persistent source of pain and suffering, of contamination and dislocation. Indigenous communities, long marginalised and mistreated, bear the brunt of this ongoing scourge.

    Sue Coleman-Haseldine, Kokatha-Mula, and Abacca Anjain-Maddison, Republic of the Marshall Islands, spoke to over 150 governments at the Third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Vienna, December 2014. They have been joining forces again to bring their personal stories to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and now Brisbane.

    “The bombs have destroyed a large part of Australia and despite several attempts it will never be safe or clean. There are many Aboriginal people who cannot go back to their ancestral lands and their children and their children’s children and so on will never know the special religious places it contains.” Sue Coleman-Haseldine.

    Coleman-Haseldine and Anjain-Maddison will be joined by Rosemary Lester, the daughter of Yankunytjatjara elder Yami Lester, who was blinded by the Totem 1 nuclear test at Emu Field in 1953. Speaking about the nuclear testing conducted in South Australia.

    Join them in exploring the ongoing impacts of nuclear testing in our region and the inspiring triumph of cultural survival.

    For interviews contact: Tour organiser Gem Romuld or 0421 955 066.

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