HIROSHIMA Day - August 6
The Atomic Bombing of HIROSHIMA – Nuclear Holocaust
The U.S. atomic bombing of Japanese city Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, marked the first time in world history that a nuclear weapon was deployed. This put an end to WWII, the bomb immediately killed 80,000 people, mostly civilians, and flattened and burnt 70 per cent of everything within a one mile radius.
There were an estimated 140,000 deaths by the end of 1945, along with the terrible side effects caused by radiation amongst the survivors. The equally catastrophic nuclear bombing of Nagasaki took place just a few days later on August 9th. An act which Oppenheimer himself believed was unnecessary and unjustified.
Hiroshima Commemorations Worldwide
Better World Info pays tribute to the victims and campaigns for nuclear weapon disarmament, it contains over 450 essential resources on the devastating long-term effects, the victims, videos, organisations, and the events that led to such a horrifying decision to be made.
Find information on the memorial services paying tribute to all the lives lost over the decades such as the annual peace ceremony in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, events at the Peace Pagoda and Children's Peace Monument, lantern floating ceremonies, and the significance of Sadako Sasaki and her origami paper cranes.
How to Curb and Ban Nuclear Weapons - Treaties and Organisations
In our guide to Nuclear Disarmament discover the organisations working hard to ban the manufacturing and proliferation of nuclear weapons such as ICAN, IPPNW, Abolition 2000, and CND UK. Learn about the legally binding treaties in place to prevent such catastrophic events happening again such as the TPNW, the NPT, the New Start treaty, and nuclear weapon free zones. Also find a comprehensive guide to the work of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, turned nuclear arms control advocate.
The only solution to this nuclear weapon madness is an outright ban. The risk of nuclear escalation in the Russia-Ukraine war has put the world on the brink of nuclear disaster. It is more important now than ever for our world leaders to step up and commit to a nuclear-weapon-free world. Stockpiling nuclear weapons for so-called deterrence is merely a thin veil for potential mass murder and genocide!
Calling Experts and Peace Activists
We must ensure that the horrors of 1945 are never repeated. By keeping the memory of the victims alive, we remember the devastating humanitarian consequences of nuclear warheads, and promote the cooperation of all nations and people to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again.
For the latest nuclear disarmament developments check out our comprehensive news category, consider linking this unique Hiroshima platform to your website to help us raise awareness, and be sure to share our tweet on this year's commemorations.
Author: Rachael Mellor, 01.08.23 licensed under CC BY-ND 4.0
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