Sunday 21 January 2018

We must shout 'never again' with Chernobyl and Hiroshima

Dealing with the fallout of nuclear weapons is impossible, so not using them is our only option

Hiroshima following the dropping of the atomic bomb on August 6 1945
Hiroshima following the dropping of the atomic bomb on August 6 1945

Charlie Flanagan

Rarely does a single word become so powerful that it can tell the story of a million lives, but Chernobyl is one such word.

Wednesday marks the first UN International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day. It is important that this disaster and its victims be remembered. Indeed, those affected by the explosion in 1986 continue to need support in their journey towards recovery and sustainable development.

More than 300,000 people were displaced and thousands suffered severe health effects. Were it not for the work of 600,000 people to clean up contaminated areas and prevent further fallout, the effects would have been worse. We are heavily indebted to them.

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