13.8.05

The Hiroshima Peace Declaration

This is a human being?

Look how the atom bomb changed it.

Flesh swells fearfully.

All men and women lake one shape.

The voice that trickles from swollen lips on the festering, charred-black face whispers the thin words,

"Please help me."

This, this is a human being.

This is the face of a human being.

Tamiki Hara (1905-1951), writer and A-bomb survivor


Today, the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing, is a moment of shared lamentation in which more than 300 thousand souls of A-bomb victims and those who remain behind transcend the boundary between life and death to remember that day. It is also a time of inheritance, of awakening, and of commitment, in which we inherit the commitment of the hibakusha to the abolition of nuclear weapons and realization of genuine world peace, awaken to our individual responsibilities, and recommit ourselves to take action. This new commitment, building on the desires of all war victims and the millions around the world who are sharing this moment, is creating a harmony that is enveloping our planet.

The Official Homepage of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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