Democracy Breaks Out at the UN

 On July 7, 2017, at a UN Conference mandated by the UN General Assembly to negotiate a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, the only weapons of mass destruction yet to be banned, 122 nations completed the job after three weeks, accompanied by a celebratory outburst of cheers, tears, and applause among hundreds of activists, [...]

2017-07-18T15:16:16-04:00July 13th, 2017|Hiroshima, Nagasaki, United Nations|

Setsuko Thurlow Gives Final Remarks at Ban Treaty Adoption

CLICK ON SPEAKER ICON TO TURN ON AUDIO Hibakusha Stories team member Setsuko Thurlow was given the honor of giving the final remarks upon the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by the negotiations president Elayne Whyte Gómez. Transcript: Delegates, NGO colleagues, dear friends, I never thought I would see [...]

Hiroshima Bound Trailer

Hiroshima Bound is a personal documentary that tracks the construction of America's collective memory (or lack of one) of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It follows the obscure histories of specific photos and photographers, both Japanese and American, who visited Nagasaki and Hiroshima in the aftermath of the bombings, counterposing this visual [...]

2017-05-22T16:18:40-04:00January 12th, 2017|Hiroshima, Nagasaki|

Setsuko Thurlow “I Want the World to Wake Up”

Hiroshima Survivor Criticizes Obama for Pushing New Nuclear Weapons AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We continue our conversation with Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow. She was 13 years old when U.S. warplanes dropped the first atomic bomb on the city [...]

2017-05-23T11:50:30-04:00May 27th, 2016|Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Setsuko Thurlow|

Setsuko Thurlow: Obama on Nukes, All Talk No Action

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ARTICLE by Setsuko Thurlow As a 13-year-old schoolgirl, I witnessed my hometown flattened by a hurricane-like blast, burned in 7,000-degree Fahrenheit heat and contaminated by the radiation of one atomic bomb. Miraculously, I was rescued from the rubble of a building, a little more than a mile from ground zero. [...]

2016-11-22T18:53:05-05:00May 19th, 2016|Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Obama, Setsuko Thurlow|

Setsuko Thurlow Voted “2015 Arms Control Person of the Year”

Setsuko Thurlow and the Hibakusha of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Voted the "2015 Arms Control Person of the Year" Setsuko Thurlow and the Hibakusha of Hiroshima and Nagasaki received the highest number of votes in an online poll to determine the 2015 Arms Control Person of the Year. Setsuko Thurlow and the Hibakusha of Hiroshima [...]

2016-11-22T17:28:09-05:00January 7th, 2016|Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Setsuko Thurlow|

Hibakusha Meets UN Tour Guides and Interns

On 18 December 2015, Mr. Yasuaki Yamashita, a hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) from Nagasaki who now lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, met with UN Tour Guides and also with UN interns in New York to share his testimony of the horrors of the nuclear bombing he experienced seventy years ago on 9 [...]

2016-11-22T16:55:57-05:00December 18th, 2015|Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Yasuaki Yamashita|

70 Years After Hiroshima, It’s Time to Confront the Past

As the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki approaches, several people have been asking me to share my thoughts about those days in 1945, when our world changed forever. The first thing that comes to mind is an image of my four-year-old nephew Eiji — transformed into a charred, blackened and swollen child who [...]

2016-11-16T21:59:07-05:00August 5th, 2015|Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Setsuko Thurlow|

Nuclear Attack Survivors, 70 Years Later

A Race To Keep Stories Alive Seventy years have passed since the United States shocked the world by dropping atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As nuclear powers gather this week to discuss a landmark disarmament treaty, the now-fragile survivors warn this may be their last chance to use [...]

2016-11-16T19:57:24-05:00April 28th, 2015|Hiroshima, Kathleen Sullivan, Nagasaki, Setsuko Thurlow|
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