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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.

Susumu Hamaguchi (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 18 years old at the time
Almost all of the bodies floating on the river were naked, the stiff corpses drifting up and down depending on the currents.
Kazutoshi Hino (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 17 years old at the time
In spite of my old age, I would like to do all I can for everlasting world peace as long as I live.
Hiroshi Sugahara (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 23 years old at the time
A mass of smoke shaped like an upside down clove of garlic formed and spread silently across the sky.
Kimie Kawasaki (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 19 years old at the time
"Help me, nurse!" I was scared to hear the voice. Feeling a sense of mission, however, I went to the person after a while only to find him dead.
Sachiko Ishikuni (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 16 years old at the time
Suddenly, she gave birth. She used all her strength to give birth andseemed relieved to finally see her child, but then she died.
Akira Ota (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 15 years old at the time
The sky and the ground were ablaze and covered in smoke. Burned ruins dotted with collapsed buildings stretched before us as far as the eye could see. Cruel air raids had created a disaster.
Michiyo Yoshimoto (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 15 years old at the time
I was shocked to see the red oleanders on Hijiyama Hill. It seemed as if the red blossoms were sucking up the blood of dying people.
Akio Ikeda (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 16 years old at the time
I saw a woman who walked to a small burned-out body and looked over it in desperation, trying to find out whether or not it was her child.
Sadao Toyota (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 25 years old at the time
The ghastly transformation of their features was a horrible sight that is beyond description. Astonished and grief-stricken, I was momentarily stunned into silence.
Ikuo Komoto (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 13 years old at the time
When our family lost its breadwinner, we also lost our family income at a time of postwar hyperinflation and food shortages. Our mother must have gone through immeasurable hardships.