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Messages from Hiroshima

Japanese version

Anonymous (female)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time / current resident of Tokyo

The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages. Extract: The entire city of Hiroshima was ablaze after the atomic bomb fell. Badly burned civilians on the verge of death moaned with pain and cried out for help and for water. Even now their voices haunt me.

First- and second-year students at Hiroshima Municipal Girls' School had been mobilized to do cleanup work in some evacuated buildings. Five hundred and forty-four students were annihilated, along with their teachers.Innocent civilians, women and children, perished, helpless against the atomic bomb dropped by the Americans. May their departed souls rest in peace.

I have ever since made it a rule to attend the Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 6 every year.
A nuclear war must never, ever be repeated lest it produce A-bomb victims again.

From:A Memoir of the A-bomb, published on November 1, 1984
Physical and Spiritual Struggles against A-bombs, published on December 20, 1998
Memoir of the A-bomb in Hiroshima, published on June 6, 1998

At the time the bomb fell I was 16 years old, a student at Hiroshima Municipal Girl's School and part of the student mobilization program. I was at home, and sustained an injury that cut open a vein on my right arm about 10 centimeters [3.9 inches] above the wrist. I was lying lifeless, having lost a great deal of blood, when a kind voice revived me to consciousness with the words, "It's okay, dear. Hold on, don't give up."

When my daughter was considering marriage I hid the fact that I'd been exposed to the A-bomb, out of concern about hereditary effects. Now I live alone (having had two children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild) and am more at ease about hereditary effects, having raised healthy children, but I do still worry that I will fall ill with cancer. I am 80 years old now, but am still active in the atomic bomb survivors' movement.