Japan: No more Hibakusha
Peace Pilgrimmage arrives at Hiroshima06 Aug 2004 03:28 GMT
eight months and 4,500 km of walking since Roxby Downs Uranium Mine in South Australia, the International Peace Pilgrimage (IPP) arrives at Hiroshima Peace Park on August 6. The walk joins the commemorations at the Atomic Dome, to remember the hundreds of thousands of people who were killed by the atomic bomb on this day in 1945, and acknowledge the millions of others who continue to be affected by the nuclear industry globally. Australian Aboriginal Elders are presently touring Japan and will Speak at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
August 6, 59 years since the devastation of the ‘little boy’ atomic bomb was wrought on Hiroshima, the nuclear machine continues to create new tragedies and invent new horrors. The message from the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is "NO MORE HIBAKUSHA".
At 8.15am August 6, 1945, a nuclear bomb was exploded 500 metres above the city of Hiroshima. It is estimated 140,000 people, mainly women, old men and children, died directly and in the few months after the bomb exploded. It's effects can still be seen in the survivors and their descendants today. Historical research shows the use of nuclear weapons could have been avoided, with far less loss of life on both sides, if diplomatic alternatives had been properly pursued. The USA continues to use nuclear weapons of mass destruction, as in depleted uranium munitions used in Iraq.
In Hiroshima and other Japanese cities; in Melbourne, Brisbane in Australia and cities around the world, people hold vigils to remember the first use of atomic weapons against a civilian population. In many cities and towns in the USA, like in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the anniversary will be commemorated.