This year marks the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which occurred in 1945 on August 6th and 9th respectively. We need your help now to eliminate once and for the all the unthinkable threat that a nuclear weapon will ever again be detonated.
After 65 years, its time we retired the bomb!
The horrific nuclear detonations on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, now estimated to have killed up to 250,000 people, are the only two deployments of nuclear weapons in war. It has been estimated that 60% of the casualties died from flash or flame burns, 30% from falling debris and 10% from other causes.
The 23000 nuclear weapons in existence today are a much more powerful variety than those used in 1945.
Today, although a growing number of governments around the world are now talking about abolishing nuclear weapons through a nuclear weapons convention, we still need to show world leaders that people all around the world care enough about this issue to make it a real political issue.
All too many of the nuclear weapon states seem content in seeking only the most modest action on disarmament. The tired old mantra of arms control and incremental steps still dominated discussions at the recent NPT Review Conference, despite the growing push for a Nuclear Weapons Convention.
This year events are being planned all over the world for Hiroshima Day, August 6th. In Melbourne Australia a screening of the recently produced film ‘Flashes of Hope: Hibakusha Traveling the World’ will take place, as well as a peace vigil and memorial concert. To see a list of events currently planned in Japan and Australia click here.
If there is no event planned in your area, please consider organizing one. If you know of other events that are not listed here please let us know. It will only be through the concentrated efforts of people like us all over the world that we can ensure the horror inflicted on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is never, ever repeated.
The team at ICAN – International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
PS – Keep an eye on the ICAN website for regular updates on global nuclear abolition news and events at www.icanw.org