On August 6, 1945 the United States dropped the first atomic bomb ever on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. On Aug. 9, three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. More than 200,000 people were killed or injured in the immediate wake of the bombings.

Teresinka Pereira is a Brazilian American poet and president of the International Writers and Artists Association.

HIROSHIMA August 6, 1945-2009 It was not in vain that victims of Hiroshima got burned in the atomic dust thrown from an airplane sent by the United States of America. Since that blow and the anguish of the world a conscience is born with a reassurance of respect for life on the planet which is renewing year after year with wishes for peace with justice and equality for all the people.