Make Nuclear Weapons the target
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Riding on the early success of the campaign, Red Cross and Red Crescent representatives made your voice heard at an international conference in Geneva. An historic resolution was passed, calling for a ban on the use of nuclear weapons.
We will continue to use your votes to show the groundswell of public concern about the horrific effects of nuclear weapons.
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Tens of thousands were instantly killed when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Five years later nearly 500,000 people had died from the effects of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs.
Even today, survivors still struggle with increased rates of cancer and chronic disease.
Junko Morimoto was a happy 13-year-old living in Hiroshima when the nuclear bomb was dropped on her city in 1945. Junko told Australian Red Cross her moving story of surviving the blast and rebuilding her life, having lost everything.
“Surrounded by screams, it was as if I was in hell. I was in shock with scenes around me. The whole area was destroyed. I was horrified. I felt nothing but fear at the time.”
Australia has not been immune to the effects of nuclear weapons - in October 1953, Totem 1 was tested in Emu Junction in the South Australian desert.
Yami Lester was a ten-year-old boy living in his homeland and was permanently blinded by the blast. The radiation that blew over him and his community caused death and destruction.
'A few hours after the black smoke came we all got crook, every one of us. None of us could hunt, so we couldn't have our traditional bush tucker. We were all vomiting, we had diarrhea, skin rashes, and sore eyes. Some of the older people, they died. They were too weak to survive all of the sickness.
'War makes me scared. War is scary. But war with nuclear bombs would be even scarier – just thinking about it makes me shiver. No one would be safe in nuclear war. Those nuclear bombs are no good, we gotta make sure nobody uses them.'