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Sixty-five years ago today, the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. 80,000 people died that day and 140,000 were killed three days earlier when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. You can read about the specific details and the human suffering in this post from last year: This Day in History: 6 – 9 August 1945.
Photo essay: Hiroshima, the pictures they didn't want us to see
This is an incredibly shocking photo essay on the victims and devastation of the atomic explosions in Japan. The photos are quite graphic and may be disturbing to some people.
“Beneath the center of the explosion, temperatures were hot enough to melt concrete and steel. Within seconds, 75,000 people had been killed or fatally injured with 65% of the casualties nine years of age and younger.”
“Hibakusha is the term widely used in Japan referring to victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Japanese word translates literally to "explosion-affected people".
They and their children were (and still are) victims of severe discrimination due to lack of knowledge about the consequences of radiation sickness, which people believed to be hereditary or even contagious.”
This is why the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is so important. No country can ever have the power to exact this kind of devastation on the civilians of another country, no matter what their grievance with the government or policies of that country.