NH #678: 13th ANNIVERSARY! + Hinamoeura Cross – France’s Deadly Nuclear Testing Legacy in French Polynesia

Welcome to the start of the 14th year of Nuclear Hotseat!

This Week’s Featured Interview:

  • Hinamoeura Morgant-Cross is from French Polynesia. In her mid-thirties, she became an activist when she realized that her leukemia was a legacy of the 193 French nuclear tests in the South Pacific. She conquered her blood cancer and became a collector of unheard stories of suffering and ignored medical records from the Polynesian people. In doing so, she put pressure on the French government, which to this day lacks accountability for its actions. Hinamoera fights for recognition, medical care and financial compensation for victims, and in 2023 was awarded the Nuclear Free Future Award. In May 2023, seeking a wider base of authority for her actions, she moved into politics and was elected to the Polynesian Assembly of Representatives.

Hinamoeura Cross of Polynesia and Tina Cordova of New Mexico, both winners of the 2023 Nuclear Free Future Award, embrace in congratulations and commiseration, as both are Downwinders from different parts of the world.

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