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Messages from Hiroshima

Japanese version

Fukie Okuda (female)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 17 years old at the time / current resident of Hiroshima

The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages. I lived in Shobara, which is at a distance of about 50 kilometers northward from Hiroshima. The only information I had was that Hiroshima was devastated. Before any details reached me, many injured people were brought by the Geibi Line train. The Shobara Japan Red Cross Hospital changed into an army hospital, and more and more injured soldiers were taken there, so I went there in a hurry to nurse with my neighbors.

At that time, I was seventeen years old. I went for nursing, but I was so shocked at the terribly injured people that I couldn't step forward. I saw a person groaning in pain, a person whose face was swollen up, and so on. One person's face was swollen up so terribly that I couldn't tell the front from the back, and the eyes from the mouth…. I still cannot forget that unusual scene and odor.

My uncle was killed instantly, and his bones were never to be found. His first baby, whose birth he had looked forward to, was born at the end of the month. The child went through hardships growing up without having known his father. He is now 60 years old. If it had not been for the atomic bomb, my uncle, his child and his wife could have enjoyed happy lives together. Their lives were irrevocably upset.

We can never tolerate the fact that there are countless people in the world who are suffering from wars.