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Understorey: Arms across the Earth

Wednesday 7th October / presented by Elizabeth PO’ Adrian Glamorgan

Karipbek Kuyukov was born without arms.   Like the British  testing in the 1950s at Montebello in north Western Australia, and Maralinga in the desert of South Australia,  the Soviet government paid scant regard to the safety of any local inhabitants.  They declared the Kazakhstan region “uninhabited”, hid the damaging environmental and multigenerational impacts of nuclear weapons, and pointed to an external Cold War enemy to justify the relentless massive irradiation of the region.

The Understorey team met up with Karipbek at an international conference in Vienna, where – apart from lobbying world leaders – he exhibited some of his paintings also devoted to depicting the true story – like the one above, entitled “Mother’s Mission.” Now Honorary Ambassador to TheATomProject.org,he points to his own Kazakhstan ridding itself of the world’s fourth largest nuclear arsenal.  Karipbek wants the world to do the same, declaring “I have no arms, but I wave goodbye to nuclear weapons.”

Photo credit: A Glamorgan and painting by Karipbek Kuyukov.  TheATomProject.org

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