Hiroshima and Nagasaki 69 years on

August 14, 2014

Last week marked the 69th anniversary since the devastating nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On the 6th and 9th of August this year, people around the world took the time to remember the tragic loss of lives, and the disastrous effects the atomic bombs had on Japan and so many of its people.

On the 6th of August 1945, a 12 year old boy was at school in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped. 69 years later he says that “even now, I carry the scars of war and that atomic bombing on my body and in my heart. Nearly all my classmates were killed instantly. My heart is tortured by guilt when I think how badly they wanted to live and that I was the only one who did.”

Mayor Kazumi Matsui of Hiroshima and Mayor Tomihisa Taue of Nagasaki both took the time last week to write Peace Declarations to mark the significant dates, and to announce their priority to join with people around the world, to ban nuclear weapons.

In Taue’s Peace Declaration he states that “nuclear weapons are a continuing danger that threaten the present and future of our entire world.”

Matsui calls on governments around the world to “apply all your resources to a new security system based on trust and dialogue.”

Remembering the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is important in the struggle for a nuclear free world. We need to remember the humanitarian and deadly effects which are caused as a result of nuclear bombs.

Together Kazumi Matsui and Tomihisa Taue call on the people of the world to stand together and ban nuclear weapons.

The Peace Declarations can be found here: Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

By Jasmine Pilbrow

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    Ai Weiwei Artist and activist

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