(Vatican Radio) People in the Japanese city of Nagasaki have been marking the anniversary
of the atomic bombing, this day in 1945. Mourners observed a minute's silence, and
speakers called for greater action on global disarmament. Details from Alastair Wanklyn
Mourners stood in silence at the moment the bomb dropped, recalling
the 74-thousand or so people who died in the blast or within a few months of it.
speakers included one man who survived the bombing. Shohei Tsuiki was 18 years at
It was, he said, "a scene from hell," people with burned skin hanging
off their bodies, some clutching their dead children.
"I've been lucky to live
as long as I have," Tsuiki said, asdding that what he now wants most is the abolition
of nuclear weapons.
Nagasaki's mayor spoke, too, criticising Japan's government
for failing this year to sign a statement rejecting the use of nuclear weapons under
But, in his address, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan
would push for disarmament. It is in a unique position to do so, he said, because
Japan is the only country to have suffered a nuclear attack.