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Hiroshima/Nagasaki students call for abolition

August 17, 2016

UN confab: Japanese high school students appeal

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160817_04/

Students from atomic-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have delivered a speech at the UN Conference on Disarmament, calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Twenty-two senior high school students attended the international meeting on Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland.

A senior student, Nanako Nagaishi from Nagasaki, gave a speech on behalf of the others.

18-year-old Nagaishi invited people to listen to the voices of atomic-bomb sufferers. She asked them to pay attention to the inhumanity of nuclear weapons.

Nagaishi said she firmly believes that if young people like her and her colleagues join hands, something can be done to prompt people around the world to pave a path for abolishing nuclear weapons.

After the speech, the students visited the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs to hand over letters from the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the UN officials.

The students also handed over a list of signatures by over 125,000 people seeking abolition of nuclear weapons, together with paper cranes.

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