Message by Oleg Bodrov Chairman of the Public Council of the South Coast of the Gulf of Finland, Russia
‘From Dr Kate Dewes and Commander Robert Green, Royal Navy (Ret’d), Disarmament & Security Centre, Aotearoa/New Zealand
Greetings from Christchurch, in nuclear-free New Zealand. Kate first learned about the horrors of nuclear weapons in the early 1970s when, as a music teacher, she had to explain to her class of teenage girls why a piece of music was called ‘Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima’. On the opposite side of the planet her future husband, Robert, was in the British Royal Navy navigating aircraft carrier-based Buccaneer nuclear-armed strike jets with a target in Russia.
Warm greetings from Nagasaki. My name is TAUE Tomihisa, Mayor of Nagasaki and also the Vice-President of Mayors for Peace.
On behalf of the citizens of Nagasaki, I would like to extend the message to the IPB and NGOs, unions, community groups and citizens.
At 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945, Nagasaki was devastated by a single atomic bomb. More than 74,000 precious lives were lost, and a further 75,000 were injured. Even today, those who narrowly survived carry deep mental and physical scars that will never heal and continue to suffer from aftereffects due to radiation exposure.