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Surviving the nuclear bomb at Nagasaki 75 years ago showed me nuclear weapons shouldn’t exist

August 13, 2020

[Entire article at NBC News]

Dr. Masao Tomonaga, IPPNW regional vice president

Nagasaki the day after the atomic bombing by the US. Photo by Yosuke Yamahata.

It has been 75 years since August 9, 1945, when the atomic bombing of Nagasaki opened the nuclear weapon age. I was 2 years old, and only 1 1/2 miles from ground zero of the nuclear explosion in there; I was, fortunately, unhurt by the blast itself. I was rescued by my mother from a half-destroyed wooden house just before it burned down.

I am one of a dwindling number of hibakusha — atomic bomb survivors; we are now, on average, 83 years old. Many of us still die of radiation-induced cancers and leukemia from the bombs dropped on our cities in 1945 because that exposure to radiation — when most of us were just 10 years old or younger — led to gene abnormalities in many organs that are still causing malignant diseases today….

[Entire article at NBC News]

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