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Messages from Hiroshima

Japanese version

Kunihiko Ida (male)
'Chokubaku'  0.9 km from the hypocenter / 3 years old at the time / current resident of Toyama
7661

The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages. I experienced the bomb at the age of three years and one month, in my maternal grandparents' house in Kakomachi in Hiroshima, which was about 900 meters from ground zero. It was a magnificent residence with a courtyard and a pond, but it was destroyed in an instant. My 25-year-old mother and four-year-old sister died one after another, leaving me all alone. My father had already died in the Battle of Okinawa, and I became an orphan, all alone in the world. Because of the bomb blast, my upper body was covered with several hundred wounds and became a bloody mess. It took seven years to recover.

The tremendous noise and flash, and the fear of being buried alive with no one to help me still cross my mind. As a child, I worried that I would lose my mind because of the anxiety attacks I had several times a day. Fear of leukemia never left me, either. I always felt dizzy whenever going down a staircase, but it wasn't until I became an adult that I realized that it was caused by anemia caused by the bomb. This anxiety had a bad effect on the way I dealt with family members and other people around me.

We must not make war, and even if war happens, we must never use nuclear weapons as a solution. I do not wish anyone to feel the sadness and suffering that I feel.
(2010)