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Portland Press Herald features Hiroshima op-ed by Rebecca Gibbons

Rebecca Gibbons marked the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6th with an op-ed story in the Portland Press Herald.

The Maine Voices piece, titled, “Listening to atomic bombing survivors’ stories,” talks about the Japanese survivors of nuclear attacks, hibakusha, and their ongoing efforts to share their experiences. 

The bombing of Hiroshima occurred on August 6, 1945. Three days later, another bombing followed in Nagasaki.

“After 75 years, we as a society do not think much about the effect of the bombings on the men, women and children in those two unfortunate cities,” wrote Gibbons, an assistant professor of political science whose research focuses on nuclear weapons, arms control and disarmament.

Her piece continued with a plea for ongoing discussions and greater awareness of nuclear weapons.

In 2019, at the request of the Hiroshima Prefecture, Gibbons lectured in Hiroshima to the Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security.