This week marks the 75th anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Around the world, ICAN campaigners are partnering with the hibakusha, the survivors of the bombings, to educate the general public about the atrocities 75 years ago and to encourage them to take action to get rid of nuclear weapons for good.
Below are some current resources and upcoming events to learn more and get involved! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for all the latest updates and new resources and go to icanw.org/events to find more events.
- Rise.icanw.org: This website is our campaign to remember and honour the victims of the atomic bombings, and to educate and bring new people into the ICAN movement. Here you can read the direct testimonies of the survivors and take action to end nuclear weapons
- Hiroshima and Nagasaki page: You can get the facts about the catastrophic humanitarian impact of the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, from 1945 to today.
- Hibakusha profile long-read: In collaboration with The 1945 Project, this interactive webpage walks you through the journey of the hibakusha from their account of the bombings in 1945 to their activism.
- “Telegram from Hiroshima”: In partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), we produced this video with the ICRC’s historian discussing the telegram sent from the first person to witness Hiroshima after the atomic bombing and his report calling for the outlawing of nuclear weapons.
- Hibaku symbols: The Hibakusha weren’t the only survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Out of the rubble, a variety of unique objects were discovered, many of which have become symbols of the unimaginable physical effects of nuclear weapons. Like the Hibakusha, many of these artefacts now tell their own stories of loss and sorrow, but also of resilience and hope. This video was made in partnership with Ari Beser's Goss Grove Films and with music composed by Alberto Anaya.
- Setsuko Thurlow’s Call to Action: This new video by Ari Beser's Goss Grove Films accompanies highlights of Setsuko Thurlow’s Nobel Peace Prize address with images of the campaign around the globe that made the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons possible.
- Museum Tours: ICAN partnered with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum to provide exclusive guided tours of the museums on Instagram at the end of July.
- Ceremony Coverage: The ceremonies to commemorate the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will both be live-streamed on August 6th and August 9th respectively. We will be sharing the streams for both on rise.icanw.org/live and providing all-day coverage of the highlights on social media.
- Live Stream with Koko Kondo: We will also be conducting a live stream interview with Hiroshima survivor and peace activist Koko Kondo on August 6th, on rise.icanw.org/live
- Film: On August 9, you can watch The Vow from Hiroshima, a film by Mitchie Takeuchi and Susan Strickler, telling the story of Hiroshima survivor and activist Setsuko Thurlow.
- Webinar: The ICRC will be hosting a webinar with Beatrice Fihn, ICAN Executive Director, Izumi Nakamitsu, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Mary Robinson, the Vice-President of the ICRC, moderated by Julian Borger of The Guardian.