75th Anniversary

Published on August 5th, 2020 | by Maaike Beenes

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Today we remember Hiroshima

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the horrific atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Together with the bombing of Nagasaki on 9 August, the two bombs killed about 240,000 civilians by the end of 1945 and sickened many more with cancer and chronic diseases.

75 years after these bombings, survivors are still working for nuclear abolition. On 6 August, we stand with them to remember these bombings. We can’t change the past. But we must remember the horrors the survivors of atomic bombings have endured and honor them by our actions to make sure it never happens again. To bring the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons into force. To end nuclear weapons.

All over the world, actions and events will be organized to remember and to act. In the Netherlands, local groups will be organizing events in 10 cities across the country. In Amsterdam for example, there will be a die-in at 100 seconds before noon, the time of the Doomsday Clock. The Peace Palace will play peace songs on its carillon. And we will deliver signatures from Dutch citizens to the Hague, asking the government to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki and reject nuclear weapons.

In addition, financial institutions, parliamentarians, religious groups and other organisations will commemorate the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On Sunday, the day Nagasaki was bombed, churches across the Netherlands will dedicate prayers to the victims and survivors.

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Sooner or later most people come around to the TPNW. Here's a nice piece by Lawrence Korb (assistance secdef under Reagan) on his journey. #nuclearban #tpnw https://www.justsecurity.org/73430/how-i-came-to-support-the-treaty-prohibiting-nuclear-weapons/ via @just_security

Heb je @nnaTinNL op Radio 1 gemist? Luister het hier terug. ""Ik was zelf als klein meisje bij de kernwapendemonstraties. Dan nu dit verdrag... het is een hele grote stap. " https://bit.ly/3f46r1l #nuclearban #kernwapens #volkel

Minister Blok geeft toe dat Nederlandse F16’s oefenen voor een aanval met atoombommen. Straks praat onze directeur @nnaTinNL in @Nieuwsweekend hierover en over het VN-kernwapenverdrag dat binnenkort van kracht gaat. Kernwapens worden daardoor illegaal. 09:15 uur @NPORadio1

All over the world people fold paper cranes to honour the lives lost to #nuclearweapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and symbolise hope and determination to survive, but do you know Sadako's full story? 👇 #OrigamiDay https://twitter.com/nuclearban/status/1288890517057687557

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