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As a new anniversary of the launch of the atomic bomb by the United States on the Japanese city of Hiroshima was commemorated, the Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres, called for awareness of the growing potential of a nuclear disaster.

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“Humanity is playing with a loaded gun” warned Antonio Guterres, remembering in Hiroshima the 77th anniversary of the first atomic bomb attack.

At the ceremony for the launch of the atomic bomb, Guterres warned of the risk posed by the crises in Ukraine, the Middle East and the Korean peninsula, describing the horrors that the Japanese city experienced.



“Tens of thousands of people died in this city in the blink of an eye. Women, children and men were incinerated in a hellish fire,” he declared.

The almost 500,000 deaths caused by the explosion of nuclear bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in August 1945, are the clearest reminder of why this type of atomic attack should not be repeated.

In 2018, the mayor of Hiroshima, Kazumi Matsui, stressed that “when humanity fails to see reality and forgets history, it can repeat a terrible mistake”.

More than 450 thousand people died by nuclear attack

On August 6, 1945, at 08:15 local time, an American B-29 bombing dropped the uranium bomb “Little Boy” on Hiroshima. Three days later, the launch of a nuclear device over the city of Nagasaki was repeated.

It is estimated that more than 450,000 people died immediately from both attacks and from diseases caused by nuclear radiation.

Survivor Testimonials

The testimonies of Japanese survivors of the dropping of nuclear bombs are also a reminder that such events must never be repeated.

RIA Novosti collected testimonies from surviving victims of the first nuclear bomb attack in history: “It smelled like burning meat throughout the city”; “In the factory we found the body of our father. It seemed as if the dead face of him was laughing”.



Yoshiro Yamawaki recalls: “We saw rows of dead men standing on either side of a railing on the bridge. They died standing up. They were still standing with their heads bowed, as if in prayer. Dead bodies floated down the river.”

Reiko Yamada, who was 11 years old in 1945, told RIA Novosti: “To clear the way, heaps of corpses were raked up like rubbish and burned in our schoolyard. They also burned corpses in the yards of other schools and in vacant lots. It smelled like burnt meat all over town.”

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