After the opening ceremony, the guests were shown round the “Restoring Our Humanity” exhibition | © Seikyo Shimbun

4th April 2023

“Restoring Our Humanity” Exhibition Shown in Dominican Republic

  • Humanitarian relief

The exhibition “Restoring Our Humanity,” jointly created by the SGI and the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network, was held at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) in the Dominican Republic from 23 February to 4 March 2023.

The opening ceremony was attended by the Dr. Rosalia Sosa Pérez, Vice Rector of UASD; Dr. Modesto Cruz, Vice President of the Academy of Sciences of the Dominican Republic; Masahiro Takagi, Ambassador of Japan to the Dominican Republic; and Pedro Familia, Director General of the Soka Gakkai International Republic of Dominica (SGIRD).

The 20-panel exhibition was produced in response to the first World Humanitarian Summit, held in Istanbul, Türkiye, in May 2016. In addition to highlighting individual- and community-level initiatives, the exhibition recommends what can be done at those levels based on input from people on the front lines of humanitarian crises—aid workers, disaster-affected communities and refugees—and encourages people to work together to find humanistic solutions to today’s challenges.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr. Sosa Pérez commended SGI for its efforts to make the culture of peace a reality, and Ambassador Takagi commented on the exhibition’s significance in reminding us of fundamental values in times of conflict and international tension. Lastly, Familia expressed his hope that the exhibition would help strengthen individuals’ commitment to create a better world for all.