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The Last Interview with Maza Attari, Marshallese Nuclear Test Survivor

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by worrg, 5 years ago
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Maza Attari, a 64-year old Marshallese survivor of the US nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands, shares his memories and opinions about the US government treatment of the Marshallese in the aftermath of the nuclear tests. This interview was conducted two months before his death in September 2011. It is the only recorded footage of him. ----------------------------------------­----------------------------------------­--------------- Maza was one of 236 Marshallese dusted with radioactive fallout from the most destructive weapon in U.S. history -- the Bravo shot of March 1, 1954. Their home atolls served as experimental grounds for detonating nuclear weapons too deadly and unpredictable to be tested on the U.S. mainland. In all, from 1946 to 1962, 86 Hiroshima-size bombs were exploded in the Marshall Islands and neighboring atolls and water over 16 years. And, Bravo itself was 1,000 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Maza and the other Marshallese entered American history as the first-ever examples of the effects of radioactivity on human beings who had escaped a nuclear explosion.