Hiroshima survivor speaks up against nuclear weapons

"This catastrophic situation was caused only by one bomb. And today, we have about 14,000 of them." Setsuko Thurlow survived the Hiroshima bombing. Now, she wants a world free of nuclear weapons.

Hiroshima survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner shares her story

140,000 lives lost

On August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan by the United States in an effort to get Japanese Supreme Military Leader Hideki Tojo to surrender in World War II. Named “Little Boy,” the atomic bomb destroyed the entire city and wiped out over 40% of the population of 340,000 civilians. Survivor Setsuko Thurlow was only thirteen years old when she had to survive one of the deadliest attacks Japan has ever faced. She was working in the army headquarters with a student program when the bomb hit.

“When I regained consciousness in the total darkness and the silence, I found myself pinned under the rubble. I couldn't move my body. I knew I was facing death. And I started hearing my schoolmates asking for help from their mothers and from God. Then suddenly, somebody from behind shook my left shoulder and said, ‘Don't give up, don't give up. Keep moving. Keep shaking. Keep kicking. I'm trying to free you. You see the sunray coming through that opening? Crawl toward it.’ And that's what I did,” Setsuko Thurlow describes to Brut.

*Thurlow’s efforts to prevent atomic warfare

Thurlow lost eight members of her family and considers herself lucky since both she and her parents survived, although her father would die from radiation 9 years after the attack. Shortly after his death, she emigrated to the United States to study sociology at Lynchburg College in Virginia. Today, she is a founding member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Created in 2007, this coalition was implemented to back the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons proposed in the United Nations. In 2017, ICAN was the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for its involvement with the treaty. With about 14,000 atomic bombs in 9 countries, Thurlow works tirelessly to make sure none of them are ever used again.


03/05/2020 3:01 PM


  • Donnuld F.
    02/11/2021 11:09

    Hiroshima" 1941- 1945"...A Symbol of Criminality.... Gen.Douglas McArthur once said....I shall return...No one wiill again harm nor destroy the Islands Philippines... But todays Generation..There is one Country wants to destroy and occupy our Solenm territory..And this is China 🇨🇳 ... His Stealing our own Sovereign rights..The West Philippine Sea...Such a very Stupid mind... You out...Because there still one Atomic Bomb never been attempt to drop the third times in Japan...For they replied for unconditional surrender.... This Atomic Bomb is still presserve....And wish to drop in mainland China 🇨🇳 ...For their stupid act... Their taking advantage on Island 🇵🇭...Because the U.S. Military Bases no longer Exist in the 🇵🇭.. So watch out...You stupid China 🇨🇳 🖕🏻

  • Santosh S.
    08/14/2020 15:04

    Terrible Attack,

  • Shabana A.
    08/09/2020 19:00

    Who gains in a war nobody what's achieved is total destruction that had taken years to build. Loss of life, grief and pain. Nobody will win a war today as many nations have nuclear bombs, eventually we'll be destroying our world. We can live peacefully .

  • R S.
    08/08/2020 09:09

    Excess of knowledge, excess need of power leads to destruction of humans very innocent people hve lost there life

  • R S.
    08/08/2020 09:08

    Corona came free of cost , due to law on this madam

  • Quinton D.
    08/07/2020 06:33

    Imagine there are no countries on earth. No borders. People can travel freely for trade all around the world. Equal right for both the genders. The word "war"and it's history will not be read by the upcoming generations. Just imagining, How happy the world would be?. I know this ideas will never be perceived even if it's possible. All I meant to say is that if we look to set borders. There will be clashes which will eventually lead to war and then to............ Hope you got what I mean.

  • John J.
    08/07/2020 01:42

    Lets say not to nuclear and atomic energy in this world.

  • Mahatab K.
    08/06/2020 20:15

    So true why countries should fight for power why can't we lead life in peace & happiness.

  • Faizan A.
    08/06/2020 16:46

    America once again shame on U

  • Environment C.
    08/06/2020 15:39

    Build peace not war. May peace prevail!

  • Rukhsana A.
    08/06/2020 15:24

    The pain still seems so raw.. what have we done to this planet!

  • Mayur K.
    08/06/2020 10:50


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    08/06/2020 10:45

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  • Khem P.
    08/06/2020 10:38

    Why does the world not see this and realize that war is not a good thing at all. It causes pain.

  • Khem P.
    08/06/2020 10:37

    The American govt should pay for this crime against nation has the right to anihlate another. This is genocide.

  • Juliuscaesar M.
    08/06/2020 10:31

    Man wants to see the GOD-like power of destruction to surrender his will.

  • Raveendran P.
    08/06/2020 10:24

    Now japan joined together with Yankees USA to destroy mankind .Japan also killed thousands in later world war abong with Nazis.

  • Ranu H.
    08/06/2020 10:24

    Thanks to this channel giving me the opportunity to review worldwide disasters. Same time giving up knowledge enhancement

  • Gangadhar S.
    08/06/2020 10:04

    Greatest survive, brave live longer.

  • Syed A.
    08/06/2020 10:01

    Terrorism without an official tag, crimes of America, prayers for the victims 🙏🙏

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