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Messages from Nagasaki

Japanese version

Chizuko Yamaguchi (female)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 10 years old at the time / current resident of Fukuoka

Photographer: Eiichi Matsumoto.
The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages.
Sixty years have passed since that tragic day of the atomic bombing in Nagasaki. Time passes so quickly. Every year when August 9 comes around, it naturally brings me back to all those memories.
My heart aches when I think of those victims who died in the heat with injuries, calling out and searching for parents, brothers, and sisters.

My brother was twelve years old when he was exposed to the atomic bomb some distance from home.
He had burns all over. His shirt, torn to pieces, was hanging from his body. His skin was unusually pink, and both his legs had deep wounds. He was brought to the air raid shelter where we were in a miserable condition that dreadful day. which was coming to an end. It was a terrible day for me, then only ten years old. I couldn' t understand what had happened to my older brother.

He passed away two days later without getting any treatment. My heart grieves as I write this essay, recollecting those memories.
I hope that this country will remain peaceful without war in future generations. I believe it is our duty, as atomic bomb survivors, to communicate the supreme value of peace to future generations.

I was exposed to the atomic bomb in Nagasaki when I was ten years old. I am now seventy-five. I had surgery to remove a malignant lymphoma under my right ear, and I am undergoing radiation treatment. I pray for a world free of evil nuclear weapons.