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Hiroshima bombing: Marking the 72nd anniversary

Hiroshima bombing: Marking the 72nd anniversary

On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima—the first time a nuclear weapon had ever been used for warfare. Just three days later, the U.S. dropped a second bomb on Nagasaki.   

More than 200,000 people were killed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Radiation from the bombings continued to claim lives in the decades that followed, causing birth defects and other health issues among their children. 

Commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima reminds us of the real consequences of war and the growing urgency to free the world of nuclear weapons.

To learn more about the bombings and ongoing efforts toward nuclear disarmament, see some of the resources below, including the powerful account from Hiroshima survivor Michiko Kodama.

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Weapons of the devil: Hibakusha’s call for a world without nuclear weapons

Michiko Kodama, a Hibakusha--survivor of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima--shares a first hand account of her memories that day and provides a moving testimony calling for the abolition of what she calls "weapons of the devil."

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Almost 70 years after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Joseph Gerson, AFSC's disarmament coordinator, answers questions about the legacy of the 1945 atomic bombings.

Joseph Gerson
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At UN, Joseph Gerson speaks for NGOs on nuclear disarmament

Civil society statement to the UN high-level meeting on nuclear disarmament.