Survivors mark 75th anniversary of world's first atomic attack

Survivors mark 75th anniversary of world's first atomic attack

8/6/2020 11:23:00 AM

Survivors mark 75th anniversary of world's first atomic attack

The dwindling witnesses to the world’s first atomic bombing marked its 75th anniversary Thursday in Hiroshima, Japan.

AdvertisementAn aging group of survivors, known as hibakusha, feel a growing urgency to tell their stories, in hopes of reaching a younger generation. Many peace events leading up to the anniversary had been canceled due to the coronavirus, but some survivors have teamed with young students or pacifist groups to speak at online events, sometimes connecting with international audiences.

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On the 75th anniversary, elderly survivors, whose average age now exceeds 83, lamented the slow progress of nuclear disarmament.They expressed anger over what they said was the Japanese government’s reluctance to help and listen to those who suffered from the atomic bombing.

“Abe’s words and actions don’t seem to match,” said Manabu Iwasa, 47, who came to the park to pray for his father, a survivor who died at age 87 in March. “Japan apparently sides with the U.S., and make more effort toward nuclear weapons ban,” he said. “It’s frustrating, but there is not much we individuals can do.”

AdvertisementKeiko Ogura, 84, who survived the atomic bombing at age 8, wants non-nuclear states to pressure Japan into signing the nuclear weapons prohibition treaty. “Many survivors are offended by the prime minister of this country who does not sign the nuclear weapons prohibition treaty,” Ogura said.

She and other members of her group of English interpreters are providing a virtual tour of the park from the cenotaph, reaching out to audiences from around the world.Survivors also urged world leaders, especially those from nuclear weapons states, to visit Hiroshima and see the reality of the atomic bombing.

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Survivors mark 75th anniversary of world’s 1st atomic attack📸 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lays a wreath during a ceremony marking 75 years since the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Happy explosion Woah But not Nagasaki, which was Asia’s largest all Roman Catholic city. Targeted by two KKK backed Democratic presidents. Vatican has a complaint website US refuses to acknowledge. Democrats murdered the people of Nagasaki. Hiroshima was an act of war. Doubt Catholics in Army knew.

Survivors mark 75th anniversary of world's 1st atomic attackThe dwindling witnesses to the world’s first atomic bombing marked its 75th anniversary in Hiroshima. The aging survivors expressed the urgency to tell their stories in hopes of reaching younger people. By mariyamaguchi. mariyamaguchi Hey askin for help is anyone willing to donate a $1 to my sister, nephew & I, I lost both my jobs due to COVID I filed for unemployment but waitin for the benefit and we dont have any food & bills comin up if you can help we would be super grateful Venmo or Cashapp MattMartins147 mariyamaguchi May it never happen again. And may nuclear weapons be disposed of permanently. mariyamaguchi America.... the only country to ever use nuclear weapons. NeverAgain

75th anniversary: The Aftermath of the Hiroshima Atomic Blast in PhotosOn Aug. 6, 1945, the Enola Gay, an American B-52 bomber, dropped the first of two atomic bombs (called 'Little Boy') used in WWII on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, the U.S. dropped the second atomic bomb (called 'Fat Man') on Nagasaki to force Japan to surrender. An estimated 140,000 people died from the bombing of Hiroshima, not including those who died in the years afterwards due to cancer and other effects.The mushroom cloud rising above Hiroshima, shortly after 'Little Boy' was dropped on Aug. 6, 1945. Were the Bombs Necessary to End the 2nd world war? A largely peaceful mission. God Bless America

Survivors mark 75th anniversary of world’s 1st atomic attack📸 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lays a wreath during a ceremony marking 75 years since the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Happy explosion Woah But not Nagasaki, which was Asia’s largest all Roman Catholic city. Targeted by two KKK backed Democratic presidents. Vatican has a complaint website US refuses to acknowledge. Democrats murdered the people of Nagasaki. Hiroshima was an act of war. Doubt Catholics in Army knew.

Survivors mark 75th anniversary of world's 1st atomic attackThe dwindling witnesses to the world’s first atomic bombing marked its 75th anniversary in Hiroshima. The aging survivors expressed the urgency to tell their stories in hopes of reaching younger people. By mariyamaguchi. mariyamaguchi Hey askin for help is anyone willing to donate a $1 to my sister, nephew & I, I lost both my jobs due to COVID I filed for unemployment but waitin for the benefit and we dont have any food & bills comin up if you can help we would be super grateful Venmo or Cashapp MattMartins147 mariyamaguchi May it never happen again. And may nuclear weapons be disposed of permanently. mariyamaguchi America.... the only country to ever use nuclear weapons. NeverAgain

'We are not screaming loud enough': Hiroshima's last survivors feel urgent need to bear witnessThis world's first atomic bomb attack hit Hiroshima 75 years ago this week. Time is running out for survivors to tell their stories. Thousands were screaming at Pearl Harbor when they were dying on December 7th. Did you hear them or were you jumping for joy at that time ?