Horrors of Hiroshima, a reminder nuclear weapons remain a global threat

Asha Bajaj
7 min readJan 19, 2022

#HiroshimaHorrors; #nuclearWeapons; #GlobalThreat; #SaveHumanity

Erico Platt looks at the disarmament exhibition that she staged, “Three-Quarters of a Century After Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The Hibakusha — Brave Survivors Working for a Nuclear-Free World”. Image credit: UNODA/Diane Barnes

Despite the annihilation of two major Japanese cities in 1945, atomic bombs have not been relegated to the pages of history books, but continue to be developed today — with increasingly more power to destroy than they had when unleashed on Hiroshima and Nagasaki back in 1945.

“The Red Cross hospital was full of dead bodies. The death of a human is a solemn and sad thing, but I didn’t have the time to think about it because I had to collect their bones and dispose of their bodies”, a then 25-year-old woman said in a recorded testimony, 1.5 km from Hiroshima’s ground zero.

“This was truly a living hell, I thought, and the cruel sights still stay in my mind”.

To highlight the tireless work of the survivors, known in Japanese as the hibakusha, the UN’s Office for Disarmament Affairs, created an exhibition at UN Headquarters in New York which has just come to a close, entitled: Three-Quarters of a Century After Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The Hibakusha — Brave Survivors Working for a Nuclear-Free World.

It vividly brings to life the devastation and havoc wreaked by those first atomic bombs (A-bombs), and their successor weapons, the more powerful hydrogen bombs (H-bombs) which began testing in the 1950s.

UNODA/Erico PlattAt a disarmament exhibition in UN Headquarters in New York, a visitor reads a text about a young boy bringing his little brother to a cremation site in Nagasaki, Japan.

The quest to save humanity

In the aftermath of the bombings in Japan, the hibakusha, conducted intense investigations with the aim of preventing history from repeating itself.

With an average age of 83 today, the dwindling band continue to share their stories and findings with supporters at home and abroad, “to sav[ing] humanity…through the lessons learned from our experiences, while at the same time saving ourselves”, they say, in the booklet No More Hibakusha -Message to the World, which…

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Asha Bajaj

I write on national and international Health, Politics, Business, Education, Environment, Biodiversity, Science, First Nations, Humanitarian, gender, women