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Global Zero : Indian & Pakistani Activists Mark Atomic Bombings of Japan With Cross-Border Teach-Ins

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Hundreds of Global Zero activists in Pakistan and India organized  teach-ins throughout both countries, including  Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad, New Delhi and Bangalore as part of a coordinated cross-border effort to mark the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombings of Japan.Participants engaged in public dialogue about the growing risks of nuclear weapons use, the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences of such use, and the ethical imperatives to eliminate these weapons.

“These weapons of mass destruction are designed to inflict enormous loss of life and wipe whole cities off the map. The catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear conflict are far-reaching, long-lasting and won’t be contained by national borders. Their existence poses an existential threat not only to India and Pakistan but to human civilization as we know it. We must do everything we can to ensure they are never used again,” said Rashi Jauhri, a field organizer for Global Zero.

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Global Zero members across India and Pakistan also came together to make origami cranes, honouring the memory of Sadako Sasaki, a two-year-old victim of the Hiroshima nuclear attack.  Several years later she was diagnosed with Leukemia, which her mother called “the atom bomb disease.” According to Japanese legend, making 1,000 origami birds fulfills one wish. Sadako folded one thousand origami birds before her death at the age of twelve, and they were buried with her. Students and activists made their own origami cranes in her memory and tweeted the pictures to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the hashtag #NoNukes. 

These origami cranes along with a rakhi were delivered to the Prime Minister’s office on August 8, 2017. “These barbaric weapons put everything we hold dear at risk. On the occasion of Rakshabandhan and the tragic anniversary of the atomic bombings, we‚Äôre asking the Prime Minister to do everything in his power to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again. The only way to do that is to eliminate them once and for all,‚Äù said Jauhri.

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