Thursday, August 06, 2015
At 8.15am on 6 August, 1945, a nuclear bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima in Japan. Three days later, Nagasaki was hit by a second nuclear bomb.
The two bombs killed more than 50 per cent of civilians in Hiroshima and 30 per cent of civilians in Nagasaki. Many more died in the following days and weeks, from a combination of severe burns, internal injuries, and radiation sickness.
The 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki reminds us that nuclear weapons are not just theoretical concepts for deterrence; they are real weapons with unacceptable and indiscriminate consequences.
As long as nuclear weapons are seen as important and legitimate, it will encourage proliferation and maintenance of current arsenals.
The work to stigmatise, ban and eliminate nuclear weapons is the best defence against the use of nuclear weapons.
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