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<Let’s all become the advocate of peace>
On August 6th and 9th 1945, when the World War II was near its end, a tragic incident happened in Japan. 140,000 lives were sacrificed, because the US dropped an atomic bomb in Hiroshima to make Japan surrender.
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing, we hope to think about how important peace is to us, and what should we do to achieve peace – by reading some parts of ‘the Declaration of Peace’ that the mayor of Hiroshima had proclaimed.
—-The atmosphere of our hometown can be described in this way: people were living in happiness with their families, keeping local community bonds that were caring and there were jolly festivals that colored the seasons. There were traditional cultures and ancient buildings that were build in the past and a river in which children used to play. However, 8:15am on 6th August, 1945, all these things were destroyed because the atomic bomb was droped on them. Under the mushroom cloud, there were parents and children who were burned black hugging each other. By the river on which countless bodies were floating, buildings were collapsing from the fire. Thousands of people were burned to death and the number added up that 140,000 precious lives were lost, including the people of Korea, China, Southeast Asia and captives from the US.
Even the lives of people who survived were significantly affected and they have been suffering from serious physical and spiritual after-effects, including discrimination and prejudices. There were social problems in the society such as children who kept on stealing or fighting to survive, men who has been living alone by themselves since they hab been exposed to the atomic bomb and became an auphen, women who were divorced because their husband found out that they were exposed to radiation andㅡmany other tragic stories.
“Put Hiroshima back again!” This is a bitter echoin hawl since the radiation exposure, asking to put their home town, families, bodies and hearts back to their original state.
It was a great loss and tragedy, but it has also alerted us and has made us aware of the dark sides of war and helped us to understand the value of peace.
There are many places in the world suffering from the threats of wars and terrors. Until when should humanity repeat this? It is hard to say that this world is completely free from wars because of money, religions, politics, and others.
Then, how can we make this Earth to be in peace?
First of all, peace is not being fulfilled by the current International law. That is why we should enact a law that bans manufacturing weapons and wars, and promote it to the Presidents and politicians in each country to sign this law.
Youth and women should make it clear that they will not participate in wars and determine themselves that each will fulfill peace by transcending nations, races and religions and should become the messengers of peace in each place. That will be the only way to hand over the world of peace without any wars to their descendants.
Currently many political and religious leaders, youth and women have become one and are working for peace together.
We will be continuously delivering news about peace through this website from now on.
Let’s all become advocates of peace!