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Nobel Peace Prize winner Setsuko Thurlow urges grads to find a cause to make their own

WATERLOO — Hiroshima bombing survivor and activist Setsuko Thurlow recounted the horrors she witnessed, and urged University of Waterloo students to take up the cause of forever banishing all nuclear weapons.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner spoke Wednesday at a convocation ceremony at the university, where she received an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Thurlow was 13 when a nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, suddenly turning a “bright summer morning” into one of Japan’s darkest days, as the sky filled with smoke and dust from the mushroom cloud.


The victims who survived were convinced no human being should have to experience what they did that day, nor the unspeakable pain that haunts them still.

“Our mission was to warn the world about the danger of this ultimate evil,” she said.

Thurlow, who immigrated to Canada in 1962 where she earned a master’s degree in social work at University of Toronto, has dedicated her life to advocating for a ban on nuclear weapons.

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