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Messages from Nagasaki

Japanese version

Anonymous (female)
'Chokubaku'  3.3 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time

Photographer: Eiichi Matsumoto.
The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages.
On August 9, soon after hearing air raid warnings, I hurried to an air raid shelter. When I was looking up toward the right, I noticed three parachutes.

"Why are there parachutes now?" The next moment clouds of dust and sand occurred. I thought some bombs must have been dropped close by. Then I rushed to a shelter. In those days, I was a substitute teacher of Nita Elementary School and on that day, I went to work as usual.

After a while, I knew the fact that an atomic bomb had been dropped. That night, I was not able to return home. I was fearfully watching a burning scene, getting in and out of a shelter. The fire spread to the prefectural office, but the city hall narrowly escaped from burning. Still now, that sight impresses itself in my memory.

The next day, I returned home in Narutaki-machi. My younger sister, who was working at the Ohashi Factory, according to the student mobilization orders, had not yet come home. My parents and uncle searched for her, but they couldn't find her. Two days later, we found her at an elementary school in Isahaya. She was injured with many pieces of broken glass in her arms, legs and neck. On the 3rd day, my two elder sisters brought her back home.

My close friend died, leaving her father behind her. She and I had belonged to the same swimming club for four years. Her father was a biology teacher at Nagasaki Girl's Middle School and also an advisor of its swimming club. He was at school in Nishiyama-machi when the bomb was dropped.

My wish -- NO MORE WARS! How can we abolish wars in the world? I want to learn ideas about this. Even today, there are various armed conflicts in the world. Nations that have nuclear weapons are increasing in number. I hope the United Nations will aim for a solution to this problem, heightening its power and function. I heartily wish for peace in the whole world.