President Obama just became the first U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, site of the first nuclear bomb used to kill people.

Now some in the Marshall Islands want Obama to visit their country, which was the location for scores of nuclear tests in the 1940s and 1950s.

“I question Obama’s trip to Japan. Can he come and visit me as I was there during the Bravo incident and got injured,” said Nerje Joseph, 68, a survivor of the 1954 Bravo Test on Bikini Atoll.

Nerje Joseph holds a photograph her as a young girl, taken in 1954 when radioactive ash from Bikini fell on her home atoll of Rongelap.

Nerje Joseph holds a photograph her as a young girl, taken in 1954 when radioactive ash from Bikini fell on her home atoll of Rongelap.

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The story is reported in The Japan Times.

In a recent interview facilitated by the Radiation Exposure Awareness Crusaders for Humanity-Marshall Islands (REACH-MI), a group focused on the nuclear weapons testing legacy in the islands, Joseph lamented the lack of interest in a trip to the tiny nation,” the article explains.

“The bomb in Hiroshima was smaller than the bomb that affected Rongelap in terms of strength,” Joseph said of the atoll where he once lived. “But why (is Obama visiting) Hiroshima and not the Marshall Islands?”

In related news, U.S. military personnel that helped clean up the damage to the Marshalls after the tests are still struggling to obtain just compensation from the Veterans Administration for their exposure to radiation.

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