Sixty-three years have passed since an atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima. The Aug. 6, 1945, bombing, the first use of a nuclear weapon in history, killed about 140,000 people. Another atomic bombing three days later over Nagasaki killed about 70,000 people. More than 240,000 atomic bombing survivors are still living, many of them suffering from radiation-caused illnesses.

To help ensure that these abhorrent, indiscriminate weapons are never used again, it is vital that we pass on the memories of these horrific events to future generations and strive to abolish all nuclear weapons. But unfortunately, efforts to abolish such arms are making little progress.

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