The hibakusha, or those who survived the nuclear attacks in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, are the best known nuclear survivors, but they are not the only ones.
Downwinders grew up near America’s nuclear testing and production sites in places like Utah, New Mexico and Washington State. They are survivors. People from the Marshall Islands endured 12 years of U.S. nuclear testing, and continue to face the negative health consequences of those tests. They are survivors. U.S. military veterans sent to observe nuclear tests and clean up nuclear waste have fought for years for compensation for the harm they’ve suffered. They are survivors. Uranium workers mined and produced the raw materials to make nuclear weapons, often on Indigenous land, without ever being told of the severe health risks. They are survivors.