Feb 28, 2024 - News

Springdale nonprofit to teach about the effects of nuclear testing on Marshall Islands

photo of nuclear testing

A nuclear bomb explodes in Bikini (Marshall Islands) on July 5, 1947, in this image from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Photo: Photo12/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The Marshallese Educational Initiative, a Springdale nonprofit, will host a three-day conference starting Thursday geared toward educating people on the effects of nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands.

Background: The U.S. conducted nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands in the 1940s and '50s that caused biological and ecological harm.

  • Now, the U.S. has an agreement that allows Marshallese to travel freely between the countries and to legally live in the U.S. About 15,000 Marshallese live in Northwest Arkansas.

State of play: Nuclear Legacy Week will feature panels on health impacts; environmental consequences; cultural consequences; and treaties, agreements and sovereignty.

  • The event also includes film screenings and a Nuclear Victims' Remembrance Day commemoration.

If you go: Events will be at The Jones Center and the adjacent Center for Nonprofits at the JTL Shop in Springdale, with a closing reception at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville. See a full schedule and register.

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