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Why we hate nuclear weapons

Seventy years after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Red Cross repeats its global call to ban nuclear weapons so that such a humanitarian tragedy never happens again.

Thursday September 24, 2015

September 26th is the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

You might ask yourself, why is Red Cross - a neutral and impartial organisation - calling for a ban on nuclear weapons? Isn't that a political debate?

Actually, it's not. It's a humanitarian one. Here are four reasons why.

1. The bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki generated radiation that are still causing cancers today. Their effects cannot be limited by time or distance.

2. There are more than 16,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. Right now, some 1,800 of them are launch-ready. Frankly, that's terrifying.

3. There is no way for a humanitarian agency to help those affected by a nuclear explosion. The scale would be too huge and the risk too high. That's why Red Cross cares.

4. The world has already banned landmines, biological and chemical weapons. It's time to do the same for the most destructive weapons of all.

Banning nuclear weapons is closer than you think. In fact, 116 countries around the world have already pledged to ban nuclear weapons.

This year's Hiroshima Day on 6 August saw thousands of people participating in vigils to remember those killed and affected by the events of 1945. On the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, we continue this urgent and necessary effort towards a complete global ban on such weapons.

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