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Messages from Hiroshima

Japanese version

Yasuyuki Nakanishi (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 15 years old at the time / current resident of Tokyo
9944

The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages. I was in the tenth grade during my student mobilization, and was working outside the armory building when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. I experienced the flash, shock wave and mushroom cloud all unfold before my very eyes.
No matter how old I get, the terror I felt that day stays fresh in my mind.

The following morning (August 7) I returned to my parents' house in Minami- Takeya-cho, downtown Hiroshima, in search of my mother and younger brother. However, all I saw were stretches of burned lifeless ruins. I stood in front of our burned-down house in a daze. My Mother and brother had been staying there and I was so worried about them.
Soon after, I discovered that they had been hospitalized at Kyosai Hospital. I finally found my mother lying on the upper part of a bunk bed. She recognized me, but was too frail to speak out and in constant agony. Other than her head and face she was covered in serious burns, particularly on her feet. Despite all care and effort, she passed away on August 19. I heard that my brother was taken to the same hospital as my mother, but supposedly died that day. In fact, he was never found.

Wars simply mean killing each other. They only cause hatred and grief in the long run. So does the very existence of nuclear weapons, which threaten all life on earth.
I wish deeply that experts from all over the world would cooperate with each other in order to abolish the nuclear weapons immediately.
(2005)

The Hiroshima Municipal Government is requesting the Japanese Government and the Japanese Olympic Committee hold the Olympics in Hiroshima in 2020. I quite agree with this proposal and I hope it can be realized in order to grow support for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
I also wish for political leaders, not proxies, from every country that reserves such weapons of destruction to meet in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and seriously discuss how to carry out the processes for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
(2010)