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Messages from Hiroshima

'Chokubaku' means that the person was exposed to the A-bomb directly in Hiroshima or Nagasaki when the bomb was dropped.

Yuriko Sadakiyo (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 6 years old at the time
While hearing a four year-old girl Kuniko cry out, "Help me, Mommy!" the fire raged. My mother escaped, crying all the while.
Yoshio Sato (male)
'Chokubaku'  1 km from the hypocenter / 14 years old at the time
My sister had her intestines exposed from the side and her heels were missing. The army doctor said, "I can't believe she is alive with these serious injuries."
Masaru Kawasaki (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 21 years old at the time
An army surgeon sutured my wound without any anesthetic on the ground under the scorching heat. I screamed from the severe pain; it felt as if the wound was being gouged out with red-hot tongs.
Setsuko Ogawa (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 15 years old at the time
I feel sad to find people's memories of the A-bombing in Hiroshima fading away. As a hibakusha, I would like to continue speaking out about the horrible experience of the A-bomb.
Koichi Yasui (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.9 km from the hypocenter / 21 years old at the time
What really matters is to appeal as Hibakusha for the need to concretely eliminate nuclear weapons, even while risking our lives. I believe this will be an important contribution to peace for all the people in the world.
Toshiko Kuji (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.7 km from the hypocenter / 17 years old at the time
Just a cold or radiation sickness? Fear of illnesses due to exposure to the A-bomb.
Hiroko Okui (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 20 years old at the time
The explosion sent my little sister flying. Her skin peeled off starting at her shoulders and dangled down to the ground. Still, when she landed she shouted, "Someone please help my sister!" She passed away at a refugee shelter on August 8th.
Kenzo Ikeda (male)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 6 years old at the time
When I went over a hill, I saw many people evacuating who had been burned all over. With their skin peeled off, they didn't look human.
Toshio Hagihara (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.7 km from the hypocenter / 6 years old at the time
We spent days in pain, suffering from diseases caused by the atomic bomb, on devastated land without any medical doctors or hospitals.
Toshiyuki Toyoshima (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.2 km from the hypocenter / 13 years old at the time
She called to the soldiers passing by for help but no one helped her. The flames surrounded her and her sister. There was no way to help. Hearing her sister's cry, "Help me! Help me!" she had to leave her younger sister behind to escape the fire.