Sunday, August 5, 2012
Peace Group condemns nuclear weapons on 67th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings
Rochdale and Littleborough Peace Group members gathered beside Hollingworth Lake on Sunday night (5 August 2012) to mark the 67th anniversary of the dropping of the first Atomic bomb on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and to commemorate all who have died or been injured in war. They shared readings and floated lanterns with a variety of messages, including “Scrap Trident Now”, “No More Hiroshimas”, “No More War” and “No More Nagasakis”.
The readings included extracts from speeches made survivors of the bombing of Nagasaki at the 3rd Nagasaki Global Citizens’ Assembly for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in 2006. Sakue Shimohira who was 10 years old at the time of the bombing said then, “To tell the truth, I’d like to lock away that painful and sorrowful scar at the bottom of my heart, and not talk about it. But 61 years after that unforgettable day, I feel that I must pass the story on. … All I could do was scream, “Mummy, help me!” My younger sister had been sent flying by the blast, and I had no idea what had happened to my friends. … The shelter stank of charred corpses, and we vomited as we waited for help. … My foster father had come to rescue us. He helped us outside, and again I was shocked: not a single house was left standing. There was nothing but a mountain of charred corpses and rubble.” Meanwhile Koichi Wada reports that “The streets and neighbourhoods were like replicas of a hell on Earth … It was not until 30 years later, when my first grandchild was born, that I began to recall the corpses of infants in the rubble after the atomic bombing and to feel a pressing duty to ensure that the atrocities of that day are never repeated.”
Philip Gilligan, on behalf of the Peace Group, said,
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