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Messages from Nagasaki

Japanese version

Kazue Inoue (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time / current resident of Tokyo

Photographer: Eiichi Matsumoto.
The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages.
1  I only have unforgettable memories. I had a hard time taking my neighbors and sister, a total of four people to a hospital in Saga. Some had serious injuries and some minor. My sister was two years younger than me at that time.

They all died on August 15 when the war ended. I returned to Nagasaki afterwards and burned the bodies of my parents, sister and brother with my uncle (who lived in Hida, Ohita prefecture). I found that the human bodies were hard to burn with pieces of wood. I could only pick up a few pieces of their bones and buried the rest. That area where I buried the bodies became a bank and a parking lot later.

However, the construction company informed me that no bones were found on the site.That witness questions this.

2  Even though there are only two people, a conflict will occur. We haven't been able to give up any conflicts between countries since ancient times and probably this will continue to the future. Killing will never be stop. However, I know deep in my heart that no one should see the devastating sight caused by atomic and hydrogen bombs. The sight was that people were walking around as if they were in hell with their skin hanging down and flapping against their bodies.