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Trees nurture peace and resilience in Avon

AVON — When the atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945, more than 100,000 people died and the bustling city was reduced to radioactive rubble. Somehow, about 170 trees survived the blast.

Since 2011, a group founded by an Iranian-American has been nurturing seeds from the survivor trees and is sending them around the world as “peace ambassadors of Hiroshima.” The second-generation survivors grow in about 20 countries — in places such as the National University of Singapore, the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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