Hiroshima Day

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August 6
city of 300,000
can we forget that silence?
in that stillness
the powerful appeal
of the white eye sockets of the wives and children who did not
return home
that tore apart our hearts
can it be forgotten?

TŌGE Sankichi, translated by Karen Thornber

On this day, 72 years ago, the US dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan – the first use of the most terrible weapons in human history. The bomb is estimated to have killed between 100,000 and 180,000 people, and devastated the city. The horrific results of this attack did not, however, prevent an order to drop an even more powerful atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki three days later. In two blinding flashes of light, the cities were destroyed.

CND is remembering the victims of these attacks today. Memorials across the country started at 8.15am, at the time the first bomb was dropped, and will continue until dusk. Many people across the world have started fasting today, and won’t eat until the end of the 9th of August.

Text and Photo courtesy of CND

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