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Messages from Hiroshima

'Kyugo hibaku' means that the person might have been exposed to radiation while he/she was undertaking relief activities or processing victims.

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Hamakichi Kubota (male)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 21 years old at the time
I can never forget the man who shouted as he fell dead, "I am a Korean, I do not want to die like this."
Mitsuko Ohata (female)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 20 years old at the time
I cannot forget a middle school student screaming, "I'll defeat the U.S. when I grow up." He eventually died crying his parents' names.
Yoshinori Arima (male)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 20 years old at the time
The number of bodies was far beyond the capacity of the public crematories. We dug shallow holes in several places in the hospital field and made firewood racks on which the bodies were burnt.
Takashi Kumaki (male)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 15 years old at the time
The burns and wounds, caused by exposure to the atomic-bomb radiation, had disintegrated and the bodies were swollen up. It was something one could not imagine in this world. It was a hell.
Kanae Watanabe (female)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 18 years old at the time
Strange smells coming from those people and their horrible looks with their skin stripped off and sagging, everything was so horrible and shocking it can't be described in words.
Mutsuko Kondo (female)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 16 years old at the time
Many A-bomb survivors had been carried there by an extra train. We saw unimaginable and horrifying sights in the trains, including people unable to move, and with burns all over their bodies. And we heard their moans.
Ryuichi Tsubouchi (male)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 16 years old at the time
Every time you passed through, the patients would start groaning and grab at your ankles.
Fukie Okuda (female)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 17 years old at the time
I went for nursing, but I was so shocked at the terribly injured people that I couldn't step forward.
Yukiko Okai (female)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 15 years old at the time
I could not believe what I saw ― is this an actual person? I had never seen something so shocking.
Hideko Yoshino (female)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 17 years old at the time
One particular image that has been branded in my memory all through these 60 years since then was of a dying young man. In his final moment, this child soldier took my hand, feebly called out "Mother" to me, and breathed his last.
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