Working to Ban Nuclear Weapons

Praying for Peace in Japan

At 11:02 in the morning on August 9, 1945, the second nuclear bomb “Fatman” was dropped to Nagasaki. The scale of it was more powerful (x1.5) than “Little Boy" the first bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. Last month, the United Nations reached its first agreement to ban nuclear weapons. However, many countries like Japan, the U.S., Germany and NATO refused to take part in the negotiation and the vote.

In Germany the group International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and The German Trade Union Confederation called for a memorial demonstration on August 6th. Sr. Maria Goetzens a Medical Mission Sister physician and member of IPPNW attended and supported this yearly activity in Frankfurt. The focus of this gathering was not only the remembrance of the more than 130.000 people, who were killed by the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki 1945, but also to fight for ban and abolishment of nuclear weapons in general. The peace demonstration also demanded that production and export of all weapons be stopped and lobbying or advertising for military work in schools be banned.