Japan: A-bomb survivor renews call for nuclear ban treaty

Jul 08, 2020

Japan: A-bomb survivor renews call for nuclear ban treaty

Tokyo (Japan) July 8: An 88-year-old woman who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima says she has no plans to stop pushing for a ban on nuclear weapons.
Setsuko Thurlow delivered a speech online on Tuesday, exactly three years after the United Nations adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
The online event was co-sponsored by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, and the Japanese NGO, Peace Boat.
ICAN won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for contributing to the adoption of the UN disarmament treaty.
Thurlow recounted her experience of the 1945 bombing in Hiroshima, when she was a 13-year-old junior high school student.
She told viewers she was exposed to radiation 1.8 kilometers away from the center of the blast. She said most of her classmates died in a raging fire.
Thurlow also suggested that more funds should be used to fight the coronavirus, saying, "this is where our money should be going."
She asked why people are investing "billions and trillions of dollars to make more advanced, modernized" nuclear weapons -- money that could help fight the pandemic.
She said "resources should be used to enrich human life -- not to destroy it."
Thurlow said she hopes people will keep urging UN members nations to ratify the nuclear abolition treaty.
She noted that 38 countries have ratified it so far. The treaty needs at least 50 signatories to come into force.
Thurlow said "I certainly hope we don't give up, we keep pushing, we keep moving forward."
Source: NHK World