Hiroshima, Aug 6: 64 years ago American planes dropped Atomic bombs on Japan making it the first and the only incident of the nuclear warfare till date. Not only mourning the tragic incident but also the the deaths of millions and the lives of those still affected by these bombs, thousands gathered at the peace park in Hiroshima on Thursday, Aug 6.
Mayor of Hiroshima, Tadatoshi Akiba who said that the 'hibakusha' or the victims of the atomic bombings 'still suffer a hell that continues' delivered a peace declaration, calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020.
"The Japanese government should support hibakusha, including those who were victims of black rain and those who live overseas," he said.
The nuclear attack that was launched by America during the end of World War II will forever be seared on the collective consciousness of the mankind. The 'Little Boy' dropped on Hiroshima on Aug and 'Fat Man' nuclear bomb over Nagasaki claimed lives of 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 80,000 in Nagasaki by the end of 1945.
While flash burns, trauma, and radiation burns, compounded by illness, malnutrition and radiation sickness led to the death of those in caught in the bombing, people still die of leukemia and cancers due to the exposure to radiation released by the bombs.