The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
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Mtonga, a medical doctor, is co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and is a member of the international steering group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. He cofounded the Zambia Campaign to Ban Landmines, is a member of the governance boards of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and the Cluster Munition Coalition, and advises numerous international organizations on both landmines and small arms. He has collaborated with the World Health Organization's initiatives on injury prevention and on the global burden of disease and violence. He speaks and writes widely on development, violence, and war prevention from a public health perspective. He completed his medical studies at the University of Zambia in 1994.
A nuclear detonation's aftermath would be ghastly. Mitigating the humanitarian disaster would stretch the resources of any nation. But what would a detonation mean for countries that struggle merely to feed their people? For nations where disaster preparedness is often an unaffordable luxury?
A nuclear detonation, says the author, would render efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals essentially useless in Africa; and African nations must take a leading role in the push for nuclear disarmament.