12 May | London | A Noiseless Flash
A Noiseless Flash
12 May | 6PM
173-177 EUSTON ROAD
Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of Hiroshima, will be speaking in London on Thursday May 12 at Friends House.
She will talk about how she has been inspired by the humanitarian initiative reframing the issue of nuclear weapons from deterrence to their humanitarian consequences and the strong push this gives a nuclear Ban Treaty.
Setsuko says, “How much longer can we allow the Nuclear Weapon States to wield this threat to all life on earth? The time has come for action to establish a legally binding framework to ban nuclear weapons as a first step in their total abolition.”
Setsuko was a 13 year-old student on August 6th 1945, working for the military in Hiroshima to decode secret messages. At 8:15 that morning she recalls being given a pep-talk by an Army General when a bluish white flash filled the room, and she remembers the sensation of floating in the air.
She married James Thurlow in the 1950s and settled in Canada where she dedicated her life to working for nuclear disarmament. She has been recognised by the Japanese Foreign Ministry, named Peace Ambassador by Hiroshima City and is the recipient of the Order of Canada Medal, the highest honor for Canadian civilians. In 2015, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and in 2016 she was named Arms Control Person of the Year.
“The truth is, we all live with the daily threat of nuclear weapons. In every silo, on every submarine, in the bomb bays of airplanes, every second of every day, nuclear weapons, thousands on high alert, are poised for deployment threatening everyone we love and everything we hold dear.”