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2004 World Conference against A and H Bombs
Nagasaki Rally Aug. 9

Milya Kavirova
President
Chelyabinsk Nuclear Victims Organization gAigulh

Dear friends,

I come from Chelyabinsk Region, Russia. It is a very far place. I flew as long as 11 hours in a plane to be in solidarity with Hibakusha and spend time with them. We did not have atomic bombs dropped on us like Japan. We did not have nuclear tests like Nevada, the Marshall Islands or Kazakhstan. However, we do have a military complex for processing radioactive waste to produce plutonium that is a basic ingredient of nuclear weapons. And 1.5 million people have been exposed radiation.

Let me tell you about the kind of damage we suffer, taking my family as an example. The military complex left liquid radioactive waste flow into Techa River. The river is the only water source for the local people: they drank its water, bathed in it, gave river water to their cows and drank their milk. My family lived on the riverside. As a result, my father died of acute leukemia when he was 44 years old and my mother was left alone with 7 children. Two of them died of cancer. One was 43 and the other 53. The remaining brothers and sisters have health problems.

We have begun our struggle to defend the rights of the victims. I am the president of an organization that helps radiation victims. We give them guidance on the diet or help them prepare documents to show the relationship between their diseases and radiation exposure. At present, we are fighting in a court to get the relocation of the victims to a safe place. The victims still live on a contaminated land and continue to be exposed to radiation. We have also started the signature campaign gAbolish Nuclear Weapons Now!h in solidarity with the Japanese people.

We know that we must struggle for the total elimination of nuclear weapons to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons. There are many people who want peace and solidarity. We must make our governments listen to our voices.

Japanfs Constitution is a great Constitution. Any attempt to change its article 9 is a crime against the next generations. We must not let it happen. We shall do our best in Russia do that our government will never use nuclear weapons. We need to spread the Article 9 of the Constitution in all the civilized world.

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