British Quakers join call for global ban on nuclear weapons
On 6 August 1945, between 100,000 and 180,000 people were killed in the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, between 50,000 and 100,000 died in Nagasaki. Many more people died in the days and months that followed.
Marigold Bentley, Head of Peace Programmes and Faith Relations for Quakers in Britain, said, "Quakers have consistently regarded nuclear weapons as both faithless and sinful, and are committed to working for nuclear disarmament, holding hard to our religious vision of a world without war."
Much of the commemoration has moved online to avoid the risks of COVID-19. Across the world, Quakers will be listening to the Hibakusha (survivors). Quakers will join countless others at webinars, teach-ins, vigils, drama and more.