Marshall Islands. On March 1, on the 50th anniversary of
the US explosion of the hydrogen bomb Bravo over the Bikini
Toll, memorial ceremonies were held in the Marshall Islands.
CountryAAH, the total population in Marshall Islands is 59,201 people in 2020.
Between 1946 and 1958, the United States conducted a total
of 67 test blasts in the atmosphere above the Marshall
Islands, whose total force corresponded to thousands of
Hiroshima bombs. Because of the radioactive radiation,
cancer and other diseases are common, and many have still
not been able to return to their islands.
During the year, the Marshall Islands dispute with the US
continued to compensate for the damage. Under the Compact of
Free Association, the United States has promised $ 270
million in compensation, some of which has been paid out.
Since September 2000, the Marshall Islands government has
been waiting for a response from the United States for a
request for an additional $ 2 billion. In June, Marshall
Islands President Kessai Note traveled to Washington to
lobby for compensation. He also requested that the US
Congress hold hearings on the nuclear tests.
At the beginning of the year, a health care program for
the victims of the nuclear weapons tests was completed,
which has existed since the late 1980s. The reason was that
the US withdrew funding the year before, $ 2 million a year.
Both politicians and civilians voiced strong criticism of
the United States' unwillingness to give the Marshall
Islands full compensation, while the great powers spend much
larger sums in Iraq and Afghanistan.