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Well one side has become weaker by a bit... Yet will recover. This old man was a fighter most of his adult life. He won his battles with America..

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Tony deBrum, Marshall Islands diplomat who fought against nuclear arms and climate change, dies at 72

He helped gain his nation's independence from America and then helped sue the U.S. for allegedly breaching a nuclear nonproliferation treaty.


As a 9-year-old on an island between Hawaii and Australia, Tony deBrum witnessed the explosion of the largest bomb ever detonated by the United States. The “Castle Bravo” nuclear weapon was 1,000 times as powerful as the one dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

Tony deBrum U.S. Energy Department photo

From his perch 280 miles from ground zero, deBrum saw the flash of light – silent and brighter than the sun – and watched the sky turn red as blood. The terrifying thunder from the test explosion stayed with him the rest of his life, which he devoted to representing the people of the Republic of the Marshall Islands at home and abroad.

DeBrum, who helped gain his nation’s independence from the United States – and then helped sue the U.S. for allegedly breaching an international treaty on nuclear nonproliferation – died Aug. 22 in Majuro, the capital city of his Pacific island nation. He was 72.

His death was announced by Hilda Heine, president of the Marshall Islands, but the cause was not specified.

“He fought for our independence, he fought against the tyranny of nuclear weapons and for nuclear justice for our people, and he led the international fight against climate change,” Heine said in a statement. “The very existence of the Paris agreement owes a lot to Tony deBrum.”

DeBrum’s diplomacy reached far beyond the remote Marshall Islands, a sprinkling of 29 coral atolls across 700,000 nautical square miles in the Pacific Ocean. There, the United States tested 67 high-yield nuclear bombs between 1946 and 1958, resettling whole islands of Marshallese people, exposing many to radioactive fallout and bequeathing exile and ill health to ensuing generations.
Tony deBrum, Marshall Islands diplomat who fought against nuclear arms and climate change, dies at 72 - Portland Press Herald
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