Thousands of people marched at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park today to mark the anniversary of one the darkest days of Japan's history, August 6, 1947. On this day, the US dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, which reportedly led to the death of 140, 000 people.
IT WAS on August 6, 1945 that the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. It had a disastrous effect, as around 80, 000 people died as a result and more than 35,000 were left injured. In the immediate 1-3 years there were thousands of people who died because of the radiation exposures. This incident is considered to be one of the goriest attacks on any country by the US. Overall a total of around 140, 000 people are said to have lost their lives in the attack, though the actual numbers will never be known.
The effect of the attack still haunts family members, relatives, who lost their dear ones in the attack, without any fault of their own. Nothing can substitute their precious lives. Thousands of people marked the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park today, reported AFP. It was at 2315 GMT that there was an air of silence, for it was at this hour that the bomb had been detonated, leading to one of the worst episodes in Japan's history.
It was only after the attack that people around the world
became aware of the effect that a nuclear bomb could have on the human race. It has the power to sweep off small scale countries, and with the kind of technological advancement present during this age, the damage could be even more disastrous.
Around 50,000 people participated in the official ceremony along with thousands who were involved in marches, forums, etc against nuclear weapons. Some people who survived the 1945 US attack were also present in an anti-nuclear rally. Irrespective of the magnitude of the war, nobody wants such kind of weapons to be used, which are capable of mass destruction.
Though acquiring nuclear weapons has acted as a deterrent between arch rivals India and Pakistan but sane voices across the globe are demanding an end to the nuclear race, given the colossal damage it leads to.