NEW YORK – Hibakusha Toshiki Fujimori called for nuclear states and non-nuclear states to cooperate on abolishing atomic weapons as a meeting on the subject was held at U.N. headquarters in New York on Thursday.
Fujimori, 75, assistant secretary-general at the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations (Nihon Hidankyo), urged both sides to join forces to bring about a peaceful world.
Fujimori was exposed to radiation from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, while his mother was carrying him on her back to a hospital. After the bombing, six of his 12 family members died, Fujimori said.
Three days after, the second U.S. atomic bomb devastated Nagasaki.
The atomic bombs not only indiscriminately murdered people but drove many people exposed to their radiation into a living hell, Fujimori said. Many are still being tortured by their injuries, he added.
“My life changed when I met hibakusha,” said Keina Suzuki, 26, a staff member at the International Signature Campaign in Support of the Appeal of the Hibakusha for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
Quoting Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg at the recent U.N. climate summit, Suzuki said, “How dare you,” criticizing the world’s nuclear powers for justifying the existence of atomic weapons even in front of hibakusha.