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Setsuko Thurlow. Survive Hiroshima to ban nuclear weapons



Setsuko Thurlow




See also the Anti-Nuclear Manifesto,

Where she is o­ne from its coauthors:



Dear Leo

         My name is Setsuko Thurlow and I speak as a member of the family of Hibakusha – those of us who, by some miraculous chance, survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I want to thank you for joining 1,372 people in pledging to join us in the fight to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons.

For 75 years, we have worked for the total abolition of nuclear weapons.

          As a 13-year-old schoolgirl, I witnessed my city of Hiroshima blinded by the flash, flattened by the hurricane-like blast, burned in the heat of 4000 degrees Celsius and contaminated by the radiation of o­ne atomic bomb. A bright summer morning turned to dark twilight with smoke and dust rising in the mushroom cloud, dead and injured people covering the ground, begging desperately for water and receiving no medical care at all. The spreading firestorm and the foul stench of burnt flesh filled the air.

         Within that single flash of light, my beloved Hiroshima became a place of desolation, with heaps of rubble, skeletons and blackened corpses everywhere. Of a population of 360,000 -- largely non-combatant women, children and elderly -- most became victims of the indiscriminate massacre of the atomic bombing. As of now, 75 years later people are still dying from the delayed effects of an atomic bomb considered crude by today’s standard for mass destruction.
          As the 75th anniversary of bombings Hiroshima and Nagasaki approaches, this is the very time to solidify our partnerships to achieve nuclear disarmament, for make no mistake: the majority of the world’s people want to live in a world without nuclear weapons. And the majority also want to live in a world where the human rights of all people are celebrated, as we can see now across the globe as citizens rise up to confront systemic racism. Hibakusha understand the sting of discrimination all too well. We join with peaceful people everywhere, demanding change.
          The adoption of the
Treaty o­n the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
by 122 UN member states was a moment of great joy, marking the beginning of the end of the most horrific weapons ever made. With each state that signs and ratifies this extraordinary treaty, we move closer to our goal becoming a reality. Seventy-five years after that great crime against humanity we can see the glimmer of a new dawn — an era of peace built o­n stability, grounded in human rights, humanitarian law and secured through cooperation, not threats of global annihilation. Raise your voice with me and all Hibakusha who declare now is the time for all nations to join the nuclear ban treaty — to end the darkness of this era and welcome the sunrise o­n a new day through the force of law and the will of the people. We now have the opportunity to bring the treaty into force. We now have the opportunity to stop funding nuclear violence instead of funding human needs.      We now have the opportunity to stop risking the life of future generations.

         Thank you for taking action and choosing to work with us to make this dream a reality.
Setsuko Thurlow



Dear Setsuko,

         Many thanks for your kind reply!

We are happy cooperate with you and we included you as the great coauthor of our Antinuclear Manifesto attached. We publish in it your strong fragments from you Nobel Lecture. I don't know nothing more strong than your words, facts and feelings.

         We will be service to you, to your great goal to ban suicidal nuclear weapons. Could we, the GHA, open your personal page o­n our website "Peace from Harmony" (https://peacefromharmony.org/)?

         You could distribute our Manifesto widely if you like it and if it does not make you difficult. Could you present it to the UN and other anti-nuclear organizations? Thanks a lot for your support.

With love,






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