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As Japan commemorates, on Saturday, the 77th anniversary of the American atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the survivors continue to keep the memory of this tragic event of the Second World War alive. A necessity all the greater according to the “Hibakushas”, at a time when the nuclear risk has haunted people’s minds since Russia invaded its Ukrainian neighbor. Report by Ryusuke Murata, Yuko Sano and Alexis Bregere.
August 6, 1945: An American B-29 bomber carrying the “Little Boy” uranium bomb is dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. About 140,000 people will die as a result of this nuclear bombardment, a toll that includes people who survived the explosion but died later due to radiation.
Seventy-seven years later, the “Hibakushas”, the survivors of the bomb, want to continue to perpetuate the memory of this tragedy while the nuclear threat has reappeared with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Humanity is “playing with a loaded gun”, warned, on Saturday August 6, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, who launched a strong appeal to world leaders to remove nuclear weapons from their arsenals, during the annual ceremony organized in the Japanese city in tribute to the victims.