Sen tor ik ~nsfield (D) ontona
On June 14 I brou ht to the ttention of y colleagues
in the Senate the plight of the peoples of the arshall
Island~ .ho are sufferin great inconvenience an hardships
becauoo of the acifir hydrogen bomb tests in the sprin •
The islanders petitioned to the United Nations for an
assurance tl~t they be considered before any future atomic
or hydroccn te ts were held in the area. Thcoc people are
t,r vely concerned because they have been kept indefinitely
fro their ho e islands and t/ere exposed to radiation during
the Larch 1st test. United States AmbasDador Lod o issued a
state ent reassurin~ tho arshallcse that evcrythin s being
done to rotcct their interests. That is a bout all that has
been done . A fe\>: r.ords and no action docs little to alleviate
the natives' problems.
These peop e live on Kili, the "island of hun ry people.
They are Bikinians whose home atoll of Bikini \'·as taken over
ei ht years ago for testing of atomic weapons . Thtise peo le
are confined to t} is tiny island faced ith hunger and lack of
clothin • They have been lookinr; to the United States for
assiotance and have received only broken promises .
These people's ho e, Bi d.ni, is about ten times as big
a a Kili w.ich is an oval island of about 120 acres, lus ly
overuo.m. Fishing is poor at ili 'tlhile it. was bountiful
at Bikini . uch of the ti e the only food is coconuts and co~ra.
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