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8. Atomic bomb survivor speaks at Harvard

A survivor of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima has urged students in the United States to work for peace and ensure that nuclear arms will never be used again.

Keiko Ogura made the appeal at Harvard University in Boston on Sunday.

The 80-year-old hibakusha said many people died from burns and other causes after the atomic bombing. She also said that people are still suffering from the effects of radiation more than 70 years later.

A group of Japanese students at Harvard organized the event to share her experiences with students who want to work for international organizations or governments.

Ogura referred to the catastrophe caused by the atomic bombing as evil. She asked the audience to think about what they can do to prevent such evil from happening again.

Ogura was asked if she thinks it is possible to persuade governments to move toward the abolition of nuclear weapons. She suggested that last year's adoption of a UN treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons resulted from the joint efforts of atomic bomb survivors and young people.

She also said she hopes that students who become leaders will make judgments that will benefit the human race.

After hearing Ogura's speech, a US student who wants to work for an international institution suggested that everyone has a responsibility to make the world a better place.