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Tens of thousands were instantly killed when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Five years later nearly 500,000 people had died from the effects of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs.
Even today, survivors still struggle with increased rates of cancer and
Junko Morimoto was a happy 13-year-old living in Hiroshima when the nuclear bomb was dropped on her city in 1945. Junko told Red Cross her moving story of surviving the blast and rebuilding her life, having lost everything.
"Surrounded by screams, it was as if I was in hell. I was in shock with scenes around me. The whole area was destroyed. I was horrified. I felt nothing but fear at the time."
New Zealand may have breathed a sigh
after the passing of the Nuclear Free Disarmament and Arms Control Act, but 25 years later our awareness has wilted. The anti-nuclear debate has fizzled out, but the global threat remains.
New Zealand Red Cross wants to reignite the debate and educate a new generation of New Zealanders on the catastrophic consequences of these weapons, and the real dangers inherent in their existence.
Nuclear weapons wreak incalculable humanitarian and environmental suffering, the effects of which last for generations. The fact they exist means that every day we live with the real danger that they could be used, whether accidentally or intentionally; it’s time for New Zealanders to reconnect with the cause, and for a whole new generation to get involved. Together we can make nuclear weapons the target.