In August 1945, the United States used nuclear weapons, dropping atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
On the 6th August, a bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
On the 9th August, a bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.
It is estimated that a total of between 129,000 and 226,000 people were killed, half on the first day, and with thousands more dying from burns, radiation sickness, injuries, and illness and malnutrition, through the following few months. Even though the cities were chosen for their military presence and activity, most of those killed were civilians.
Greenham Women Everywhere says no nukes, not now, not again, not ever. We support CND’s ongoing campaign to stop US nukes coming to Lakenheath and their action on the 17th September.
We will remember those killed by nuclear weapons – if you would like to, check online for remembrance day events near you on the 6th and 9th August.