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Messages from Hiroshima

Japanese version

Atsuko Kobayashi (female)
'Chokubaku'  3 km from the hypocenter / 1 years old at the time / current resident of Hiroshima
1073

The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages. I am an A-bomb victim without direct memory of the event because I was bombed as an infant (a year-and-a-half old). I reached adulthood without being conscious of myself as a victim because there are no A-bomb victims in my circle of relatives. However, my spouse told me when we got married that he is also an A-bomb victim, and I began to become more self-aware. I became worried about giving birth and parenting.
However, a chance meeting led me to join an A-bomb victims' association, and I had the experience of being a younger A-bomb victim working together with older victims. As I learned about the reasons behind the atomic bombing and other circumstances, I came to understand that it is a weapon that must never be used by humanity.
Nonetheless, nuclear powers still conduct experiments and wield nuclear weapons as a means of asserting power in the world, threatening countries that don't have nuclear weapons. I am especially angry with the U.S. ,and I wish from the bottom of my heart that they would apologize.

I have an infinite number of memories of wonderful activists whom I met through this movement. I learned the kindness of those who suffered. There are many unforgettable people. For example, Ms. F. was exposed to radiation when she was nine years old and lost her entire family. She now suffers from cancer and lives every day with an explosive sense of agony and anger. She submitted an application to be certified as an A-bomb victim, but she has not received a reply after six months. I also get angry with the Japanese government. In addition, another friend, who is an a-bomb victim about the same age as me, died suddenly from leukemia (an A-bomb disease). This also proved to me that victims are ticking time bombs.
(2005)