OUR DREAMS 2
CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC, AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (UNESCO):
The Governments of the States Parties to this Constitution on behalf of their peoples declare:
That since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed;
That ignorance of each other's ways and lives has been a common cause, throughout the history of mankind, of that suspicion and mistrust between the peoples of the world through which their differences have all too often broken into war;
That the great and terrible war which has now ended was a war made possible
by the denial of the democratic principles of the dignity, equality and mutual
respect of men, and by the propagation, in their place, through ignorance and
prejudice, of the doctrine of the inequality of men and races;
That the wide diffusion of culture, and the education of humanity for justice
and liberty and peace are indispensable to the dignity of man and constitute a
sacred duty which all the nations must fulfill in a spirit of mutual assistance
That a peace based exclusively upon the political and economic arrangements
of governments would not be a peace which could secure the unanimous, lasting
and sincere support of the peoples of the world, and that the peace must therefore
be founded, if it is not to fail, upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of
(Cited from the "preface" of Constitution of UNESCO)
the Constitution of UNESCO : http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=15244&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Message from a bombed nation: for a world free of
On that day in Hiroshima where I only barely escaped death, I attended, as an army doctor, to the medical needs of victims of the bomb. In a medical center specially established in the suburbs of the city, where lumps of bloody flesh were piled up, I treated mothers holding their dead babies.
The biggest shock was to see people who entered the city later, be it in search of relatives or to provide relief to the victims, suddenly start to run high fevers before passing away.
A newly-wed woman, who had come from Shimane prefecture to the city one week after the bombing in search of her husband, died spitting blood over her fallen-out dark hair while continuously screaming out his name.
After the war, many patients who had narrowly escaped death at Hiroshima and Nagasaki came to see me in the clinics I had opened in Tokyo and Saitama. Fearing discriminations and marked forever by their experience, these people were assailed by a morbid weariness and suffered from the lack of understanding of their relatives. A victim of the bomb even died abandoned in a hen’s hut.
”Internal irradiation”. I came to know the word about thirty years after the bombing, through a meeting with an American researcher. The radioactive matters released in the air at the time of the explosion of the atomic bomb enter human bodies through dust or water. Once fixated inside, they keep on releasing a low level of radiation. People that had not been caught in the flash or in the blast of the bomb thus fell ill, their lives slowly taken away by that most cruel trait of nuclear weapons : radioactivity.
Extract from the morning edition of the Asahi Shinbun, 2009/6/25
Doctor Shuntaro Hida, specialized in victims of the atomic bomb)