Hiroshima survivor to receive Nobel Peace Prize

  • 27/10/2017
Hiroshima survivor to receive Nobel Peace Prize
Photo credit: ICAN

An 85-year-old survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima will jointly accept the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize together with this year's laureate, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) says.

Setsuko Thurlow, who was 13 at the time of the bombing on August 6, 1945, will be on stage in Oslo on December 10 together with Beatrice Fihn, ICAN's executive director, to receive the Nobel Peace Prize award.

ICAN is a grassroots movement that began in Carlton, Melbourne more than a decade ago.

"Thurlow has been a leading figure in ICAN since its launch in 2007," ICAN said in a statement on Thursday.

"She played a pivotal role in the United Nations negotiations that led to the adoption of the landmark treaty outlawing nuclear weapons in July."

Ms Thurlow has campaigned against nuclear weapons for seven decades. Born in Japan, she now lives in Canada.

At Hiroshima, she was rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building about 1.8 kilometres from Ground Zero. Most of her classmates, who were in the same room, were burned alive, she said in an account of her experiences.

In her speech announcing the prize in October, the leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said the risk that nuclear weapons might be used was now "greater than it has been for a long time".