Thursday, February 13, 2014

Confab on impact of nuclear arms to open in Mexico

Survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will speak about their experiences at a conference in Mexico.

The 2nd International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons opens on Thursday in Nayarit, Mexico. Government officials in charge of disarmament, experts and anti-nuclear activists from more than 140 countries will attend.

Mexico, the chair of the 2-day conference, has arranged a session for the opening day to allow atomic bomb survivors from Japan to talk about their experiences and appeal for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

One of the survivors, Toshiki Fujimori, is the Secretary General of the Japan Confederation of Atomic and Hydrogen Bomb Sufferers Organizations. He says hibakusha, or atomic bomb survivors, wholeheartedly think that the people of all countries must never experience the same suffering as theirs. He adds that if the world unites behind that thought, it will be possible to abolish nuclear arms.

Participants at the conference will also hear study reports on the projected effects of the use of nuclear arms on the world and human health.

The first international conference on the issue was held in Norway last year.