An absolute privilege to meet and hear from Setsuko Thurlow who was 13 when she survived the Hiroshima atomic bomb on August 6th 1945.

Her account of that day, the loss of her classmates, close family, the destruction and burning of her city, her burned and poisoned fellow citizens that she and fellow children desperately tried to aid was incredibly harrowing.

“Hibakusha Stories”, an NGO which supported the event today, emphasise the importance of first hand accounts in making people aware of the realities of nuclear war. You can visit their website here – http://www.hibakushastories.org/

After 1945 there was a concerted effort to supress evidence about the horrendous carnage caused by the bomb, making testimony such as that gathered and highlighted by NGOs such as Hibakusha Stories all the more important to share.