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Stories of Hope-Barbara Reynolds
 

The stereotypical image of a 1950s housewife is one of a life limited to the domestic scene, concerned with raising children, maintaining the household, and quietly accepting the status quo. For the majority of her early life, Barbara Leonard Reynolds, by her own admission, embodied this stereotype.
 
However, a life-altering trip around the world led her to the path of peace activism.
Rather than returning from her journey to a life unconcerned with world events, Barbara concentrated her efforts on bringing to the world the story of the hibakusha. The word hibakusha, meaning “explosion-affected people,” refers to any person (including an unborn child) who was within the city limits of Hiroshima or Nagasaki when the atomic bombs were dropped, came into the cities within two weeks of the bombings, or had direct contact with bomb victims. Barbara dedicated herself to helping the hibakusha share their experiences and their message that atomic bombs should never again be used by any nation.