Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor urges students to preserve memories of hibakusha

A Hiroshima atomic bombing survivor has urged young people to preserve the memories and wishes of those affected to create a safe and peaceful society free from nuclear weapons.

Setsuko Thurlow gave a speech at her alma mater, Hiroshima Jogakuin University, on Monday, the same day she received an honorary Ph.D. in literature.

Thurlow was 13 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city. She is now 91 years old and lives in Canada.

Regarding the Group of Seven summit that will open in Hiroshima on Friday, she said she felt strong enthusiasm among residents who are eager for world leaders to engage in serious discussions on nuclear disarmament.

She expressed hope that the momentum will persist beyond the summit and translate into concrete actions.

She added that she hopes people in the audience will be inspired by the survivors.

A first-year student said hearing from a survivor was a meaningful experience and that every word spoken by Thurlow carried significance. She said she will help to pass on the tragic events that occurred in Hiroshima.

Thurlow has been involved in anti-nuclear campaigns for more than half a century.

When the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017, she gave a speech at the ceremony.