Throughout Japan and around the world, many people who encountered the enormity of the A-bomb tragedy and the suffering of the survivors felt the need to offer assistance to the hibakusha. That human impulse derived from the compassion and profound love in each individual.
Those who received assistance benefited not only from the money or the material objects but also from the hope and courage their contact with the donors elicited from the depths of despair. However, that positive response to assistance was only possible because the survivors and other Hiroshima residents had within them, despite great suffering, a powerful will to live and rebuild their city.
At times, tension appeared between those who received assistance and those who did not. Some who received assistance were seen in an unfavorable light. These and many other problems had to be overcome. Nevertheless, the common plea for all the survivors was the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Our planet still bristles with too many nuclear weapons. The danger that a nuclear weapon will be used is actually increasing. Each of us has a more grave responsibility than ever to take another step toward the abolition of nuclear weapons.