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Messages from Hiroshima

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Hirofumi Inoue (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 14 years old at the time / current resident of Kyoto
6057

The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages. I was in the third year of Hiroshima Second Middle School and was working at Jigozen Factory of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Hiroshima Machine Tool Works due to the school student mobilization order. On that day, right after we arrived at Jigozen Station on the Miyajima Line, I was exposed to the A-bomb with about 200 classmates. I stayed at an elementary school in Hatsukaichi-machi that night, and the next morning I went into Hiroshima on foot and arrived at my dormitory. It was located in 2-chome of Minami-kan-no-machi, but the building had been completely destroyed. There were about thirty second-year students with terrible burns, and about thirty first-year students who were breathing faintly, looking totally different from the way they used to, around an artificial hill in the front garden. We gave them water and care, but all of those in the first year died. On the third day, the fire in the city seemed to be extinguished, so I headed for Hiroshima Station, walking through the center of the city.

On the way, I saw many dead bodies floating in the river around the Aioi Bridge. There were also many people crying for help. The most unforgettable scene, even though nobody had talked about it, was a group of about eight dying white prisoners who had been left unattended on the roadside in front of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Anyway, I still wonder why I felt nothing at all even though I had seen tens of thousands of people who had already died or were dying of horrible burns and blisters.

War denies common sense, international laws, morals, ethics and goodwill. The United States can never justify its use of nuclear weapons, which is indiscriminate and absolute evil, for any reason. Furthermore, I believe that the A-bomb survivors should raise a civil suit in the United States and appeal to the people of the world.
(2005)