Obama Makes History, Confronts Past in Hiroshima

0B80B1F0-EDB6-48DD-9D1B-938981B04BC5_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy3_cw0{VOA NEWS} – Honoring the memory of victims of the atomic bomb that fell on Hiroshima seven decades ago, U.S. President Barack Obama said the world has a shared responsibility to prevent the suffering that took place in the Japanese city from happening again.

“We stand here in the middle of this city and force ourselves to imagine the moment the bomb fell,” Obama said Friday at Hiroshima’s Memorial Peace Park. “We force ourselves to feel the dread of children confused by what they see. We listen to silent cry. We remember all the innocents killed across that arc of terrible war and wars that came before and wars that would follow.”

Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made history simply by walking through the memorial park together.

An American warplane dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 during the waning days of World War II, killing tens of thousands and subjecting a generation to radiation sickness. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.