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. According to 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.