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Messages from Nagasaki

'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.

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Keiko Murayama (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 6 years old at the time
There were many charred bodies in every possible posture, some still standing, others lying down or sitting up, all looking like dolls in a perverse way. Buildings here and there were still smoldering.
Fujio Tanaka (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 20 years old at the time
I put the corpses on a pile of debris including the broken structure of the destroyed house. After stacking additional trash over their bodies, I burned the whole pile.
Kikuko Kawabe (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 20 years old at the time
The radiation from the A-bomb burned people terribly. Students were running here and there with their exposed skin drooping down and the skin around their nostrils was torn loose and flapping around. When I saw these rhings for real, right before my eyes, my body shivered with fear.
Masahiro Ito (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 10 years old at the time
The people who had been turned into these white statues sat on the ground with their arms outstretched, as if they had been holding something in front of them. They must have been shocked and fallen back onto their buttocks, and at that same instant had been converted to ash.
Syu Nakayama (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 21 years old at the time
I saw freight trains filled with injured people covered with burns. I saw their faces, necks, arms and chests scorched dark red, their skin peeled away and hanging down.
Tamotsu Isoda (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 17 years old at the time
I cannot forget the maggots that formed on the back of the bandages that covered their burns, nor the accompanying stench.
Tokio Matsuo (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 15 years old at the time
I was taken aback by the fierce flames. Columns of black smoke were rising into the sky. The sun looked round and orange amid the clouds.
Sugie Yahiro (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 22 years old at the time
"Mommy, Mommy," a child cried thinly. When I noticed that he had fallen silent, he had already stopped breathing
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