Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: #MeToo hibakusha. #MeToo don't want repetition!

76 years ago, the United States dropped two atomic bombs codenamed "Little Boy" and "Fat Man" on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The explosions destroyed most of these cities, and the exact death toll is unknown: on average, it is believed that there are at least 200 thousand. Even more people were injured and left homeless.

After bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the United States rejoiced: newspapers were full of headlines about "bomb-torn Japs" and "rain of destruction"; people rejoiced in revenge for Pearl Harbour. “I never doubted that their [bombs] use was my duty,” US President Harry Truman said later. The head of state also noted that "this is the greatest thing in history" and asked the military who participated in the bombing not to feel guilty.


Thousands of survivors of the atomic bombings became known as hibakusha - "people affected by the explosion." However, for many years in Japan, people avoided contact with hibakusha. In fact, this was due to the fear of radiation "people exposed to the explosion" - many knew that the bomb brings disease, but did not know why. As a result, the survivors were not recruited and were avoided getting married for fear of the risk of having children with disabilities. Even now, this stigma still hangs over the hibakusha. However, the fewer people remain alive who remember the tragedy, the more often they try to share their stories. And, believe me, these stories are some of the scariest.

Why I am now writing about this? Now it has become fashionable to arrange flash mobs, to write about #MeToo, which in Russian means: "We are together." So, may it happen that we all become hibakusha? What if some crazy leader of a nuclear power gives the order to drop a couple of bombs on peaceful cities?
I recently met a very interesting person, blogger Nazir Yevloev. Nazir is certain that all wars and military conflicts should be banned. I am convinced that the main human right is the right to life. This is called Vitocracy (the power of life). As a Buddhist, I believe that all those born on Earth, all living beings, have the right to life.
We must never forget the terrible tragedy, the global catastrophe that took place in Japan 76 years ago. We just need to unite in the face of the colossal danger to humanity and for a start demand the prohibition of nuclear weapons. We must declare that we are people, and, therefore, our right to life is sacred: #MeToo hibakusha. #MeToo don't want repetition!