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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Forget Not, Hiroshima!

Today, August the 6th marks the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. On this date, year 1945 was when the US aircraft “Enola Gay” dropped the first weapon of mass destruction ever used in war on Hiroshima, Japan. The devastation levelled an entire city to the ground and killed 150,000 people within seconds.

In 1991, I had the chance to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Having been there personally at ground zero, seeing war pictures, murals, video footages and even talking to some survivors first hand made me feel the immensity of the destruction. Man’s inhumanity to man! Still fresh in my mind was the story narrated to us by one survivor of how some of the victims fleeing away from the inferno tried to jump into the Hiroshima River thinking they’ll find relief in it. But relief there was not, only gruesome death. For the water was boiling hot!

Years after the war, thousands more of the city’s surviving inhabitants eventually died of diseases directly attributable to radiation exposure. Perhaps none more poignant as the story of Sadako Sasaki, a 12 year old girl who for 10 years after the bombing suffered leukemia. While in the hospital Sadako started making origami paper cranes believing in an age-old Japanese belief that one’s wish will be granted after making one thousand paper cranes. She tried and tried, never losing hope, until she became very weak and eventually succumbed to the disease. She managed to only make 600 or so cranes before she died. After she died, Sadako’s classmates decided to build a monument for her of a beautiful girl holding a crane over her head. Inscribed at the bottom of the statue: "This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world". Today, children all around the world create paper cranes as a symbol of peace.

An epitaph at Hiroshima’s Peace Park reads, “Let All the Souls Here Rest in Peace, For We Shall Not Repeat the Evil.” It is my hope that the nightmare of Hiroshima never to happen again. And so with reflection and prayer, I bid you all, forget not, Hiroshima!

12 Comments:

  • Sana tuloy tuloy na yung pag eliminate ng mga nuclear arms.
    Gaya ng ginagawa nitong isang
    agency na ito.

    http://www.dtra.mil/press_resources/photo_library/ctr/CTR-2.cfm

    By Anonymous aldrin, at 4:23 AM, August 07, 2005  

  • Tama ka KaU, we should not forget such an inhuman act. Nothing can justify this deed. Sana the leaders of the world will find guidance sa sinabi ni pareng John... "Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes. It can no longer be of concern to great powers alone. For a nuclear disaster, spread by winds and waters and fear, could well engulf the great and the small, the rich and the poor, the committed and the uncommitted alike. Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:50 AM, August 07, 2005  

  • Dito ko naman hinahangaan ang gobyerno at mamamayan ng New Zealand kasi sila ang nangunguna laban sa mga armas na nuclear. Sa panahon ngayong ng terrorismo isipin mo na lamang kung ang mga terorista ang makahagip na kaalaman o magkamayroon ng paraan para magkamayroon nitong armas nuclear. Ano kayang catastrophe ang magaganap kung gagamitin nila ito.

    By Blogger goyong, at 5:33 PM, August 07, 2005  

  • aldrin,
    okay yung link na binigay mo. sana nga mawala na lahat ng nuclear arms.

    anonymous,
    ganda nung sinabi mo. "Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankine". very quotable.

    goyong,
    oo nga maswerte na rin tayo dito sa nz. malayo sa panganib na nuclear at sa mga terorista.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 11:37 AM, August 08, 2005  

  • hay,. kami medyo takot dto ,. paano me base ng US dito,. tapos island pa,! isang bomba lang,. laglag kami :(

    By Anonymous rose, at 8:03 PM, August 08, 2005  

  • hay,. kami medyo takot dto ,. paano me base ng US dito,. tapos island pa,! isang bomba lang,. laglag kami :(

    By Anonymous rose, at 8:03 PM, August 08, 2005  

  • MALIGAYANG BATI SA IYONG KAARAWAN KAYLANMAN ANG PETSA NOON.HAPI HAPI HAPI BERTDAY, SA YON ANG INUMIN, SA AMIN ANG PULUTAN... SAAN BA ANG INUMAN KU SA BAHAY BA O SA CASINO GIRL SA DOWNTOWN AUCKLAND? ME MGA XINEROX PA AKONG CHIT NA HINDI HALATA PAG MADILIM PARA MADALAS ANG LAPIT NG MGA SHEILA.

    By Blogger goyong, at 9:18 PM, August 08, 2005  

  • buhay ka na ba nun ka uro, ahehehehe!
    hapi beerdey! papainom ka ba?

    By Blogger Tanggero, at 9:43 PM, August 08, 2005  

  • hiroshima bombing.. tagal na neto ha. Sori, bobo ako sa history =)

    By Blogger Naomi, at 4:59 AM, August 09, 2005  

  • rose,
    lipat na lang kayo dito.

    goyong,
    maraming salamat kaibigan. langya ka pati sinerox na chit ginagamit mo.

    tanggero,
    hoy, di pa ako buhay non ano. ikaw talaga matanda lang ako sa yo ng dalawang taon, este dekada pala.

    nao,
    matagal na nga. naalala ko lang kasi lalo na yung trip namin sa japan noon. sarap mamasyal doon.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 9:51 AM, August 09, 2005  

  • Let there be peace to all!!!!

    BTW, birthday mo pala!!! Hapi B-day! tol! more to come....

    God bless..
    --jun--

    By Blogger Flex J!, at 5:00 PM, August 10, 2005  

  • ei, akala ko si sadako un sa The Ring....

    By Anonymous lanriv, at 10:26 PM, August 16, 2005  

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