Bells were tolled in Hiroshima yesterday marking the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the deadliest atomic bomb over civilians in human history.
On Thursday morning, the Prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe joined the bomb survivors and descendants at Hiroshima city’s Peace Park. A moment of silence was held at 8:15 am, the exact time the bomb was dropped 75 years ago.
The mayor of Hiroshima city Mayor Kazumi Matsui said, “On August 6, 1945, a single atomic bomb destroyed our city. Rumor at the time had it that ‘nothing will grow here for 75 years and yet, Hiroshima recovered, becoming a symbol of peace.”
75 years ago on August 6, 8:15 AM, the United States of America dropped a Uranium bomb codenamed “Little Boy” above the city of Hiroshima Japan. 80,000 people are reported to be killed immediately in the massive blast that destroyed the entire city.
Three days later a second bomb codenamed ‘Fat Man” dropped at 11:02 AM in Nagasaki. 40 percent of the city was wiped out with 40,000 people being immediately killed by the impact bringing Japan to surrender after two weeks and ending World War 2. By the end of 1945, the bombs killed over 140,000 people in Japan. In the aftermath of the bombing, thousands of people died of injuries and diseases from Radiation poisoning.
The survivors of the Atomic bomb called the ‘hibakusha” (Person affected by the bomb) and their descendants have been calling for the abolition of nuclear bombs, especially from the USA.
The UN Secretary-General called into all nations to abolish nuclear weapons. What happened in Japan during World War 2 should never repeat itself because the casualty and damage were beyond the imagination of human eyes.
Watch Japan remember the people who were killed in Nuclear Attack by offering flowers and prayers at the Memorial in Hiroshima on Thursday.