Superpower legacy: How the US continues to test nuclear victims

Bikini Atoll explosion (Photo: US Air Force)

It is not often that Pacific church leaders must confront the fact that their people have been used for half a century as guinea pigs to further the military interests of a global superpower.

And when the realisation dawns that experimentation and testing of the victims of nuclear testing continues today in plain sight, the weight of guilt and shame is overwhelming.

On the shores of Majuro in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, 40 church leaders listened stoically at first as young Marshallese unravelled the truth of the United States’ forced relocation of islanders . . .

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