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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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Jo (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 15 years old at the time
They were blankly staring at the train. Everyone had burns. What I saw was a mass of humans with clothes burned black and bodies burned red.
Yaeko Nakayama (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 12 years old at the time
We saw an airplane flying over and dropping three or four things that looked like matchboxes. The moment I pointed at them, I heard a tremendous sound "ka-boom" and I was blown over by the bomb blast.
Kazuya Saita (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 14 years old at the time
I saw a boy lying on the ground. There was something snow-white, like tofu, next to him. When I had a closer look, I realized the skull was split open and the boy's brains were coming out.
Setsuko Inoue (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 8 years old at the time
When I finally found my mother, my younger Brother was already dead on her back. His head was missing and there was already a swarm of maggots moving about at the end of his protruding spine.
Natsuko Hayakawa (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 0 years old at the time
I was too young to remember the A-bomb but cancer is the biggest fear for myself….My concerns now are for the health of my three children…. I pray every day that they will not develop cancer.
Kenzo Sakamoto (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 11 years old at the time
One woman spoke to me as I was hiding behind the pillar.terriby frightened. I confirmed it was Mother calling my name. I remember my whole body utterly trembled and I couldn't stop my tears from flowing.
Anonymous (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 17 years old at the time
I saw such things as a carriage horse which had dropped dead on its side the river and various burned-out sites filled with corpses.
Chieko Saito (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 16 years old at the time
The big gas tank, symbol of how the people of Nagasaki lived together, had collapsed and was leaning to one side, wrecked.
Katsumi Ida (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 19 years old at the time
After a while, I crept out of the shelter. Then I saw a massive thunderhead toward Nagasaki and the sun looked like an egg yolk, which made me very scared.
Mitsutoshi Yamaguchi (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 15 years old at the time
Horses, still in the posture of pulling carts, were dead.
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