Atomic weapons are the manifestation of the darkest part of the human spirit: TODAY in HIROSHIMA, Japan -- Japan marked the 68th anniversary Tuesday of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima with a somber ceremony to honour the dead and pledges to seek to eliminate nuclear weapons.
Some 50,000 people stood for a minute of silence in Hiroshima's peace park near the epicenter of the early morning blast on Aug. 6, 1945, that killed up to 140,000 people. The bombing of Nagasaki three days later killed tens of thousands more, prompting Japan's surrender to the World War II Allies.
140,000 people killed by a bomb, men, women, children and innocent bystanders in a bitter war between two powerful countries.
140,000 lives gone in an instant.
When I think about how many people who have lost their lives because of aggressive governments, and war, I weep.
Please spare a thought for the many thousands of people who lost their lives in these wars, all over the earth.
Being a part of the SGI, one of our visions is the abolition of all nuclear weapons on earth. You can find out more about the work the SGI does here:
Learn more about an exhibition that is currently on tour, you can download the PDF with the panels from the exhibit here: http://www.peoplesdecade.org/decade/exhibition/eyt.html
The aim of the People's Decade is to increase the number of people who reject nuclear weapons. Ordinary citizens and civil society must be the protagonists, creating a groundswell of demand for nuclear abolition that will influence decision makers.
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