70 years ago from the borders of the US, Enola Gay carried Little Boy and Fat Man in her belly to unleash an atomic horror of unprecedented scale on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Children, men, women, animals – anything living and non living vaporised within the 4000 degree celsius heat. A blinding flash, a giant fireball, a mushroom shaped cloud, dragging the sun behind it till it touched that earth – created shadows forever. Ghosts etched on walls, ‘thermal rays imprinting one person forever on the stone steps of the Sumitomo Bank’. Up to 250,000 died in the initial aftermath with figures rising to 450000 since due to radioactive exposure. A wood and paper city up in flames, its infrastructure destroyed.
Those that survived became the Hibakushi – literally ‘explosion-affected people’. As the Hibakusha website states:
“according to the Atomic Bomb Survivors Relief Law, there are certain recognized categories of hibakusha: people exposed directly to the bomb and its immediate aftermath; people exposed within a 2 kilometer radius who entered the sphere of destruction within two weeks of the explosion; people exposed to radioactive fallout generally; and those exposed in utero, whose mothers were pregnant and contaminated in any of these defined categories”
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) remind the world that with regard to nuclear weapons, “no weapon ever invented can cause so much death and destruction so quickly, on such a catastrophic scale, or such widespread and persisting toxicity in the environment”
As John Pilger stated in his 2008 article,
“the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a criminal act on an epic scale. It was premeditated mass murder that unleashed a weapon of intrinsic criminality. For this reason its apologists have sought refuge in the mythology of the ultimate “good war”, whose “ethical bath”, as Richard Drayton called it, has allowed the west not only to expiate its bloody imperial past but to promote 60 years of rapacious war, always beneath the shadow of The Bomb.”
See “The lies of Hiroshima are the lies of today”
Taken from Carol Ann Grayson’s blog post https://activist1.wordpress.com/2015/08/05/hiroshima-and-nagasaki-70-years-on-survivors-and-physicians-continue-to-educate-on-the-devastating-impact-of-nuclear-weapons/