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Messages from Hiroshima

Japanese version

Hideko Yoshimune (female)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 23 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. On the afternoon of August 6, many atomic bomb survivors were transported on the Geibi Line to Shobara Red Cross Hospital, Miyoshi Middle School (now Miyoshi High School) and Tokaichi National Elementary School (now Tokaichi Elementary School). Every place was overflowing with bomb survivors. We were summoned to Tokaichi National Elementary School to help them. One male bomb survivor said in a scarcely audible voice, "Give me some water, please...please..." He breathed very feebly. I knew that I couldn't give him water, so I left him there. I went around the school buildings and when I returned there again, he had passed away. The experience weighs heavily on my mind even now. Why didn't I at least moisten his mouth with some water before he died?

The next day, we were going to go to Hiroshima as a relief party, but instead we went to help out at Miyoshi National Elementary School (now Miyoshi Elementary School). It was also flooded with bomb survivors. Mr.S's injuries were fairly light, so I treated the burns on his back until they healed, until the beginning of the second semester. I mixed cooking oil and white powdered medicine, and then I used that to treat the burns.
His wife died of exposure to the A-bomb. Their baby had been nursing at her breast when the bomb hit. Her body protected the child against death, but his head was exposed and shards of broken glass were stuck in his face and head. The baby grew up and is now a member of the prefectural assembly.

I insist that nuclear weapons must never be used again. I am greatly angered that the atomic bomb took the lives of 7,118 students and other people. I will always remain indignant about the atomic bomb and I will think about this tragedy until the day I die.