KUALA LUMPUR: Survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki U.S nuclear bombings in 1945 welcome President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima later this month.
They also express hope that the visit will help curb nuclear proliferation.
Reiko Yamada, 82, a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing, as quoted by The Wall Street Journal said he hopes Obama will be able to meet the victims.
“Hopefully [Obama] will be able to meet the victims and hear their stories firsthand,” she said.
Hiroshima, in western Japan, was the target of the first nuclear attack on August 6, 1945, which killed tens of thousands near the end of World War II. The U.S. dropped another nuclear bomb on Nagasaki days later.
Yamada said she was at a schoolyard in Hiroshima when the first nuclear bomb was dropped and the blast knocked her down as she was running toward a shelter.
“I saw bodies, and there were parents who lost their children, and children who never saw their parents again after that day,” she said in an interview with WSJ.
“I hope Mr. Obama will make his visit an opportunity to pledge that such tragedy will never happen again.”
WSJ said, White House officials confirmed Tuesday that Obama would become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima. He will arrive May 27 after attending a Group of Seven summit meeting in Ise, Japan. – Sarawakvoice.com