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Messages from Hiroshima

Japanese version

Shinichi Uramoto (male)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 24 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. On the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the Otake Marine Corps immediately organized a relief team with a medical officer as the leader, a petty officer and me, and four medical orderlies. We headed for Hiroshima on a truck loaded with medical and sanitary supplies.

Relief activities:
We set up a temporary first-aid station in Kai-chou and rushed to treat the burns and wounds of the victims. Many of the sufferers were thirsty and crying for water.

Treatment of the hibakusha (survivors) of the atomic bomb:
The medical officers of the Marine Corps and nurses of the Red Cross took turns in treating the victims received at places other than the national school in Otake-cho.
The body parts exposed to the atomic bomb were wounded. Their skin looked as though it was scooped out and was partly blackened. The severe burns were inflamed, purulent and infested with maggots with flies swarming around. Their ears and noses in particular were stuffed with maggots. The nurses had a hard time removing the maggots with pincers and covering the wound with sterilized gauze. Moreover, there were many who were pale and lethargic with no obvious injuries, but who died due to dehydration. Also there were people whose hair was falling out, their unrecognizable, pitiful figures lying about. Some moaned out with intense, intolerable pain. Some were whispering, sobbing, crying and asking for water in a sorrowful voice. The rooms were hot, stinking and in a terrible state that was hard to withstand. It was truly a hell on earth.

Summary: The damage from the atomic bomb lasted long after the war. Exposure to radiation leading to disorders of the blood and internal organs over an extended period of time is caused leukemia and other cancers. Keeping this dreadful situation in mind, wars using nuclear weapons must be completely prohibited.