Resources to commemorate the Hiroshima, Nagasaki anniversaries, 6 and 9 August


As we approach the 71st anniversaries of the tragedies at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Pax Christi International offers the following resources for prayerful reflection, study and action to commemorate those days and to work toward a world free of nuclear weapons. In our upcoming statement, to be released in its entirety on 1 August, we write:

In August, the world will mark the 71st anniversary of the use of atomic weapons by the United States on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima (6 August 1945) and Nagasaki (9 August 1945). On those two days, more than 100,000 people were killed, and their voices and the voices of those still suffering today continue to cry out to us. 

For seventy-one years, 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...

Other resources from our Member Organisations:

If your organisation has other resources or statements on the Hiroshima-Nagasaki anniversaries which you would like us to share, please send a copy to Johnny Zokovitch, Senior Communications Officer, at They will be added to the list on this page. 


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