Red Cross is concerned by the destructive force of nuclear weapons and the immense human suffering they inflict. Seventy years on from the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the humanitarian and environmental consequences continue.

Thousands of survivors of the bombings are still being treated for long-term health effects, and nearly two-thirds of deaths of survivors are because of cancer.

“Even after so many decades, we continue to see the catastrophic health impact from the use of nuclear weapons on these two cities,” said ICRC President Peter Maurer. “What more compelling argument could there be for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons, especially as most of the bombs in the arsenals of nuclear armed states today are more powerful and destructive?”

The Japanese Red Cross Society has run hospitals for atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima since 1956 and in Nagasaki since 1969. The hospitals have together handled more than 2.5 million outpatient visits by atomic bomb survivors and more than 2.6 million admissions of survivors as inpatients.The 70th commemoration of the atomic bombings comes just months after the failure of the Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to agree on moves forward towards their elimination.

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