Hiroshima

Welcome to the Paradigm Shift on FM 102.1 4ZZZ Fridays at noon. We challenge the assumptions of our current society, to resist oppression.
In the lead up to the 73rd anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, today we talk about nuclear resistance. Testimony from a hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) from 1945, Gem Romuld from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and Alexander Brown who has just written a book on “Anti-nuclear Protest in Post-Fukushima Tokyo”.

Hiroshima Day is remembered each year on the 6th of August the bombing of Nagasaki occurred 3 days later on the 9th of August 1945.

Here is the testimony of one of the survivors of nuclear bombing of Hiroshima from the four triple z archive of 1985. This is the recollection of a woman who was a school child in Hiroshima in 1945.

“On 6 August 1945 planes flew over at 7: 30 a.m. However this did not interrupt our usual daily life because we were used to bombers passing over. the population of Hiroshima was 400,000 people there was a big naval base about 20 miles away and the primary school children had be sent out to the country while the high school students were said to constructor Road to make a fire break. There was one bomber from the United States which dropped the nuclear bomb. Just before 8 am I got to the railway station. There was a flash and a tremendous explosion. I was blown away. I must have been unconscious. When I woke up it was very dark. There were painful screams for help. I couldn’t move my legs. So I tried to call for help. There was a lot of smoke and I nearly choked. I screamed and a fire broke out near me. Two strong hands pulled me to open air. The railway station had collapsed. A soldier helped me. Not knowing where I was going I just simply ran and ran. I saw people with their skin peeling off. People with no hair and no emotion on their faces. I heard a familiar voice and there I saw a friend caught under the debris. I tried to pull her out but the fire got too great and I had to leave her as the fire came over me. I doused my body with the muddy water and ran till I could go no further and collapsed. I couldn’t believe that I had survived.

The plane that dropped the nuclear bomb was called the Enola Gay which was the name of the mother of one of the pilots. The bomb was called ‘little boy’.

Here is Gem Romuld’s account of how the international campaign against nuclear weapons won the Nobel Peace Prize last year.

Nuclear weapons are now in the same category as weapons of mass destruction. 122 nations approved it at the UN and 14 have gone through the ratification process which is long and involved. ICAN was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in2017. Australian government refuses to sign the treaty ban. ICAN is hoping a labor government will sign (no evidence for this given past experience).

Nine (9)  Nuclear bomb states – USA, UK, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Nth Korea, Israel, France.

ICAN is conducting a bike ride from Melbourne to Canberra  to carry the Nobel Peace Prize medal. Will arrive on 20 September 2018.

Andy interviews Alexander Brown about nuclear power.

Listen at http://4zzz.org.au/program/paradigm-shift

Playlist
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Enola Gay
Paul Kelly – Maralinga
Rankin and Dub Ainu Band  – You can’t see it, and you can’t smell it either
Sons of the Pioneers – Old man atom

Reference
Hiroshima

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