Remembering The Victims Of Atomic Bombing

Remembering the victims of atomic bombing

People gathered in Hiroshima early on Thursday morning to honor the victims of the world's first atomic bombing.

They came out to share their wishes for peace at the monument in the Peace Memorial Park.

An man in his 50s said, "My parents are survivors. I've come here to tell victims that I will never forget them even though I haven't been able to do anything to abolish nuclear weapons."

The coronavirus has been hampering efforts to keep the memories of the tragedy alive as the survivors, known as hibakusha, get older.

A 75-year-old hibakusha said, "I was born in the year when the A-bomb was dropped. I'm scared that people's memories of the tragedy are fading."

A 91-year old survivor brought a photo of her husband, who died only three months ago. She remembers the tragic event of the bombing that happened 75 years ago.

Another 91-year-old hibakusha said, "When you think about that time, it's tragic and cruel. This kind of tragedy should never happen again."

Visitors also touched on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

A man in his 70s said, "I came early this morning as I heard that visitors are limited in entering the venue due to coronavirus. I know the pandemic is very important to care about, but at the same time I think it would be best if more people could come here to think about peace without any restrictions."

A man from overseas said, "I pray for the victims of the atomic bombing. Of course I think all countries should commit to ban nuclear weapons."