August 6 marked the
65th anniversary of the atomic bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan in 1945. Giovanni Alemanno, mayor of Rome, has decided to commemorate the victims of the atomic bomb attacks by renaming one of the city’s streets. Alemanno visited Hiroshima in April along with a group of high school students from the Italian capital. They carried paper cranes, a symbol of peace.
The bombings took place near the end of the second world war, and claimed the lives of approximately 220, 000 people. The street renaming will show solidarity with the Japanese cities as well as educate young people about the history of the event and the consequences of the attacks.