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theenergynet on 2010-05-10"Theirs is the voice that the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in New York needs to hear.
Two aging hibakusha, emboldened by U.S. President Barack Obama's historic pledge in Prague last year to seek a nuclear-free world, were to address peace events during the NPT session that opened Monday at the U.N. headquarters in New York and runs until May 28.
These two women plan to describe the horrors of the 1945 atomic bombings that transformed their lives.
Sakue Shimohira, who is 75 and from Nagasaki, described the trip to New York as her "last chance" to tell the world about what happened to her.
"I feel that the momentum to abolish nuclear weapons has been building since Obama became president," said Shimohira, who also visited the U.N. headquarters when the 2005 NPT review conference was held. "We hibakusha want to contribute to the ongoing tide." "