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Messages from Hiroshima

'Nyushi hibaku' means that the person was exposed to radiation because he/she entered within 2 kilometers of the hypocenter for rescue activities, relative search, etc. within 2 weeks.

Akiko Sakamaki (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 15 years old at the time
In the raging fire, my uncle was caught between the beams and was unable to move. My aunt, saying that she couldn't flee alone, jumped into the fire and died with him.
Seiichi Sakamura (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 11 years old at the time
A horse cart had turned over and the horse was screaming. The leather reins had dug deep into the horse's body and I could see bone.
Sumio Nakashima (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 18 years old at the time
A few minutes after I was beaten down to the surface of the platform, I rose up and looked around and found so many people groaning, crying for help. It was a hell on earth.
Saeko Nishina (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 15 years old at the time
People call the sound Pikadon, a tremendous flash followed by a terrible blast, but I think it was not a thud but like the sky bursting open.
Matsue Komatsu (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 16 years old at the time
Cuts on their bodies were clotted with pus and blood. They all lay there, without uttering a word.
Yasuo Oni (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 19 years old at the time
Boys and girls aged 14 or 15 seemed to be killed on the spot while they were marching in four lines toward the munitions factories. The mobilized students were falling on top of one another like ninepins or toppling dominoes.
Hiroshi Kunimatsu (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 10 years old at the time
When I tried to pick up my father's bones with pieces of wood, they quickly crumbled; I couldn't grab them.
Shunji Seki (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 20 years old at the time
On the East Drill Ground, there were probably tens of thousands of injured lying there, some in the throes of death.
Kazue Fujihara (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 20 years old at the time
The Mother's Breast is Gone. The Baby Cries. There is No Milk. By Dawn, Both were Dead Cold.
Fusako Fujii (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 17 years old at the time
For the Rest of Her Life, My Mother Would Not Eat Anything My Elder Brother Liked to Eat