Survivors of Nuclear Bombing Share their Testimonies with
HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 1 (acn)
Survivors of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and
Nagasaki, known as Hibakushas, who traveled to Cuba aboard
the Japanese Peace Boat, said to be thankful for the Cuban
stance against nuclear weapons as they shared their
testimonies with locals.
In a meeting with
members of the Cuban Peace Movement, at the headquarters
of the organization, the Japanese visitors learned about
implemented in Cuba for the struggle for a peaceful
coexistence, and about
the effects caused by Washington’s economic, financial and
blockade against Cuba.
They were interested in knowing about the work carried out
younger generations to defend their right to live in a
Shizuko Matsunaga, from Hiroshima, told the media, she was
13 when the
U.S. army launched the first nuclear bomb against her city
on August 6, 1945.
Matsunaga said the bomb torn the skin of her face and other
parts of her
body off and mutilated half of her grandmother’s anatomy.
She added that
she recovered from the lesions in about a week, but noted
that two third
of her school friends were killed.
“I’m 80 now –she stressed- and I’m grateful for the
visiting Cuba in the Peace Boat cruise and share my
testimony with all to
prevent another horrible event like the nuclear bombing to
Matzukawa Masakasu was barely four at the time of the
aggression. He said
he doesn’t remember much and that he survived because he was
far from the
place where the disaster took place. However, he said his
grandfather were “literally dissolved” by the bomb because
working close to the epicenter of the explosion and got a
lot of radiation.
“It’s hard to belief, but when I tried to collect the bones
relatives they just broke into pieces in my hands,” Masakasu
“I wish, from the bottom of my heart, that such criminal
weapon is never
used again,” he added.
Masakasu said to be moved and thankful for knowing that the
the experience of Hiroshima’s and Nagasaki’s survivors and
that they even
pay homage to the victims of that aggression every year.
Nearly 900 activists from Japan, Europe and other Asian
nations are part
of the Peace Boat’s crew that is visiting Cuba.
Since 1983, this Japanese organization organizes world
cruises to spread a
message of peace and sustainability.