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Messages from Nagasaki

'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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Miyo Kasahara (female)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 18 years old at the time
When summer comes, because the souls of the victims I gave aid to with my 18-year-old young hands seem to wish me to tell their sorrows, so I talk about it when asked.
Yoshiharu Tatara (male)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 17 years old at the time
When nobody was around, I cried all the time thinking that my hair would never grow back again.
Anonymous (female)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 24 years old at the time
Suspecting for the first time that the war cannot be won -- Tragic visions of human beings.
Kimi Fukui (female)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 22 years old at the time
It was such a horrendous scene that I,who was supposed to be accustomed to looking at such sights,wanted to cover her eyes.
Takeshi Kojima (male)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 20 years old at the time
From where I stood looking out from the second floor of the school building, Nagasaki was veiled in a dense black smoke, like a towering thundercloud. Raging flames flared up in the cloud, cutting off the sunlight. It was dark and dim.
Kazumasa Matsushiro (male)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 16 years old at the time
Although the war has been over for many years, I still have a nightmare about once a year in which a tiny Grumman is coming after me while I am trying desparately to run away....
Takashi Toutsu (male)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 19 years old at the time
Blood trickled down from another poor soul who was speared by a branch on the tree-lined boulevard, and numerous bodies lined up in the red-stained Urakami River, their heads stuck in the river bottom and their feet sticking up like trees.
Kiyoshi Shiota (male)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 19 years old at the time
At dawn the next day,I found the boy had passsd away without being attended to by his parents or siblings.He looked as if he were sleeping.
Anonymous (female)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 16 years old at the time
Many patients, who were no longer able to talk, tugged at my clothes, moving their lips and begging for water.
Sumiharu Nakamichi (male)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 13 years old at the time
There was a fifteen- or sixteen-year-old female student. Her tattered cloths were bloodstained, and her face and hands were burned. It was a harrowing scene…
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