Congolese Nobel Laureate Mukwege Visits Hiroshima

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Hiroshima, Oct. 5 (Jiji Press)--Congolese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Denis Mukwege visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in the atomic-bombed western Japan city of Hiroshima on Saturday.

Mukwege, 64, who won the 2018 prize, said he felt horror about human potential and deep pain. He also said he felt shame as he wondered why people can make nuclear weapons.

Earlier in the day, Mukwege heard a story from Sadae Kasaoka, 87, about her experience as a hibakusha atomic bomb survivor.

The United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, in the closing days of World War II and another on the southwestern Japan city of Nagasaki three days later.

Kasaoka experienced the blast in Hiroshima 3.5 kilometers from the ground zero at age 12, losing her parents.

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