Hiroshima and Nagasaki Anniversaries: Resources for commemorating Hiroshima and Nagasaki and promoting nuclear disarmament
6/8/18 - To commemorate the anniversaries of the tragedies at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Pax Christi International offers the following resources for prayerful reflection, study and action as we work toward a world free of nuclear weapons. In our 2016 statement, we wrote:
For seventy-one years [now 73], the existence of nuclear weapons has kept the human family on the brink of planetary destruction. We have lived under the shadow of our own annihilation for nearly four generations, allowing a small but persistent and powerful minority within the global community to continue to pursue an agenda that offers economic benefits to the few at the expense of the insecurity of the many. The money spent on the production and stockpiling of these weapons of mass destruction means that millions, perhaps billions, have been robbed of the basic elements of life which promote human dignity.
Seventy-one years is long enough. Rather than blindly subscribing to the false sense of security which the proponents of nuclear weapons promote, we need to advance an agenda which promises authentic security. This anniversary is our opportunity to turn the nuclear tide and take steps toward real, significant disarmament...
- A Prayer of Remembrance for Hiroshima and Nagasaki, by Rev. Nobu Hanaoka
- Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 7 things your should know, from ICAN
- 5 things you can to support the nuclear weapons ban treaty, from ICAN
- Action Ideas for Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days, from Unfold Zero
Other resources and events from our Member Organisations and Partners:
- From Pax Christi Australia and ICAN-Australia: Fact sheet on Hiroshima and ICAN and Hiroshima Day event in East Melbourne
- From Martin Pilgram of Pax Christi Germany: Photos from Hiroshima
- From Pax Christi UK: A number of excellent resources including prayers and prayer services, quotes from Pope Francis, readings from survivors, and more
- From ICAN: Nobel Peace Prize replicas on display in Hiroshima; Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum displays ICAN Nobel Peace medals
- From Pax Christi Flanders: Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemorations in Ghent, Mons and Leuven; Belgian mayors are invited to sign an 'Open Letter’ to the Belgium Government on 20 September stressing the need to sign the TPNW - you can find the letter here in Dutch and French
- From Pax Christi Aotearoa/New Zealand: New Zealand becomes the 14th country to ratify the TPNW