Saturday, August 06, 2005


60th Anniversary

Today marks the 60th anniversay of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.

On August 6, 1945 the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb that exploded over Hiroshima, obliterating the centre of the city and killing at least 140,000 people. Three days later, Bock's Car dropped a bomb on Nagaski, killing another 80,000. This year peace activists have collected 8.5 million signatures for a nuclear ban. Will our world leaders listen? If they do not, then we may be living the post-apocalypic story instead of studying it.

The Middle and High School students of Hiroshima International School have created a
project "in hopes to enlighten people about the damage caused by the atomic bomb and Hiroshima's feelings about peace. By passing on understanding of what events led up to the dropping of the atomic bomb and the subsequent pain and suffering that ensued they hope to help others understand the "Spirit of Hiroshima" - its appeal for the abolition of nuclear weapons and the realization of lasting peace."

Thanks for this.
Great post Lucy. It's strange that some actually celebrate this day as the end of the war. Many consider it to be one of the worst war crimes ever. The US criticizes those who target civilians, but it's no worse than what they did and in any case there were far fewer casualties. Who knows how, but Japan's recovery is miraculous.
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