A-bomb survivor and anti-nuke campaigner dies

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 28 Oct 2021

Hiroshima A-bomb survivor Sunao Tsuboi, who became a prominent campaigner for nuclear disarmament and met Barack Obama on his historic visit to the city, has died aged 96.

Tsuboi was on his way to engineering school in 1945 when the first nuclear bomb attack was launched by the United States.

"I suffered burns all over my body," he said in 2016. "Naked, I tried to run away for about three hours on August 6 but finally could no longer walk."

He later developed cancer and other diseases but became an advocate for survivors and a campaigner for a nuclear-free world.

Tsuboi was among a handful of Hiroshima survivors who met then-US president Obama when he visited the city in 2016.

Tsuboi died of anaemia, said an official from Nihon Hidankyo, which represents survivors of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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