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Messages from Nagasaki

Japanese version

Sachihiko Tsukazaki (male)
'Chokubaku'  2.3 km from the hypocenter / 18 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.
After the atomic bomb was dropped on August 8, I took someone who had been severely injured to a makeshift hospital at Katsuyama Elementary School (currently Sakura-machi Elementary School) for medical treatment, but more than 50 of the wounded were lying around the schoolyard waiting to be helped. There were people who had suffered burns with glass shards piercing their skin, people whose skin was hanging off the bones from the bomb blast, so on and so on. As I walked by, the wounded would grab at my pants and plead, "Give me water! Please, give me water!"

At the time we were told, "If you give them water, they will die," so I didn't give them any water. When I think about that now, however, I am filled with regret since most of them died anyway.

Early 1945 saw the Great Tokyo Air Raid (the massive firebombing of Tokyo on March 10), the fall of Saipan, and the surrender of the Okinawan Islands. B-29 bombing raids over mainland Japan greatly intensified and the war outlook had quickly turned unfavorable. Even though it was clear that Japan would lose the war, Japanese military headquarters was rallying for continuation of the war on the mainland of Japan. It is regrettable that if the war had been stopped here, over one hundred thousand people would not have lost their lives to the atomic bombs.

I think war causes great harm to all sides and must not be allowed to happen.
Nuclear war in particular must be abolished, since it is nothing but the extermination of humanity.

In April of 2009, recently inaugurated U.S. President Obama declared in a speech, "As the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act." This has led to widening and strengthening of worldwide opinion against nuclear weapons. The success or failure of next month's Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Conference is momentous, because it puts us at a crossroads that may lead to the end of humanity. This is the ideal time for us, the survivors of the atomic bomb, to voice our opinions. We eagerly look forward to the success of the conference.