- Published on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:24
Two survivors of the US atomic bomb attack on the Japanese city of Hiroshima will visit Scotland as the critical UN negotiations for a nuclear ban treaty enter their third day.
Reiko Yamada and Midori Yamada will visit Scotland next week as part of the Hibakusha 2017 tour. The tour is timed to coincide with the start of the United Nations negotiations on putting a Global Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty in place. These important talks take place after a historic vote in favour of a treaty at the United Nations General Assembly by 123 countries at the end of last year.
These two women were direct witnesses to the horrific consequences of nuclear weapons and their visit to Scotland is very welcome.
Wed 29th of March
The survivors will meet Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and have a tour of the Scottish Parliament.
Thu 30th of March
They will travel to Faslane and Coulport to observe the nuclear bases and will visit Faslane Peace Camp. Members and supporters can join them at the Peace Camp at 3 pm for some tea at the cherry tree planted by a previous Hibakusha visitor thirty years ago.
Born in Hiroshima in 1934, Reiko Yamada was 10 when the US bomb devastated her city.
Midori Yamada was born four years after the detonation and shares the fear among second – generation survivors of ongoing genetic damage from the radiation