On August 6 1945 the United States dropped the first nuclear bomb used in conflict on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The bomb was called “Little Boy” and killed more than 140,000 people, with many more dying as a result of the radiation exposure and other issues arising from the bombing.
While the United States has never apologised for the bombing, the survivors, known as Hibakusha have dedicated their lives to campaigning for a world without nuclear weapons. No one could hear their stories or see the images of the devastated Hiroshima in the wake of the bombing and be moved. It’s why Christian CND continues to work and pray for a nuclear weapons-free world.
Today, as the world remembers the events, the Mayor of Hiroshima has urged states around the world to engage in meaningful efforts towards nuclear disarmament. World leaders including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have echoed that’ll today.
As part of our commemorations of Hiroshima Day we ask all our supporters to pray, thanking God for the work of the survivors, repenting of the actions of those who went before us and calling for courage and strength among world leaders as they make decisions about nuclear weapons which will affect future generations.