Nairobi, KENYA: Kenya has joined the rest of the world to commemorate 71 years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that occurred in Japan.
During the event that took place at the United Nations UN Compound in Gigiri, Nairobi on Monday, the UN called for peace amongst different countries to ensure such bombings are not witnessed again.
“Focus on restoration of peace comes out so strongly and we can obtain great lessons from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. When the atomic bombs exploded in these two cities 230,000 lives were lost, buildings and infrastructure got destroyed. The incident had negative impact on the lives of the hundreds of thousands of the survivors,” noted Andrew Cox, Director Management and Operations Divisions United Nations Human Settlements Programme.
Cox explained during that period there was massive need for rehabilitation and reconstruction in housing and that the society needed immense recovery from the impact and the shock experienced.
“The immediate impact of the bombings was obvious and we have had powerful testimonies. There was a wave of pain and terror never seen before on this planet. By the end of 1945 nearly half of Hiroshima’s population and a third of Nagasakis were dead,” said Naysan Sahba Director Division of Communications and Public Information United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP.
Sahba added that more than 70 years later they were still learning the full impact of the bombings.
“That is why UN Environment, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Health Organization work together to collect vital data. Data that shows that there are unusually large number of cases of radiation sickness, birth defects and cancer around the two cities. Survivors have been affected by air, soil, water and food supply contaminated by vaporized debris and disbursed radioactive particles,” explained Sahba.
Sahba advised that exposure to radiation can alter DNA of plants and animals with deadly consequences.
“Genetic mutations can diminish reproductive capacity and trigger unusual changes in offspring,” said Sahba.
This year the President of the Unites States of America Barack Obama made a historic visit to Hiroshima, Japan becoming the first incumbent US president to visit the city.
Obama used his visit to Hiroshima to urge the world to move towards moral awakening.
Obama warned that science allowed humanity to communicate across the seas and fly above the clouds and to cure disease but those discoveries could also be converted to killing machines.
He called for a world without nuclear weapons