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Messages from Nagasaki

Japanese version

Kiyoshi Shiota (male)
'Kyugo hibaku'  / 19 years old at the time / current resident of Kagawa

Photographer: Eiichi Matsumoto.
The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages.
On August 11, we started for Nagasaki. Approaching the station, we saw many people who were burnt black; their hair was tattered and only mercurochrome or iodine tincture was applied to their wounded faces. They fell to the ground one after another. It was unearthly, it looked like a hell on earth. We, all the new recruits, were left stunned and speechless.

Arriving at Nagasaki station, we found it filled with the deceased.The factories of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries were still being enveloped in flames.
We broke into the partially destroyed four-story school building and immediately began rescue activities. Most of the people had been crushed under the rubble of the building and no one seemed to be alive. Their bodies were all burned and beginning to rot. We were at a loss as to where and how to begin our work.

There was a four or five year old boy, who had been placed in the nominal medical room in the temporary relief camps, for they had no other hospitals to place him. All through the night, the boy cried in pain, saying "It hurts! It hurts! Please help me, Soldier!" But we were all too tired to take care of him and fell asleep. At dawn the next day, I found the boy had passed away without being attended to by his parents or siblings. He looked as if he were sleeping. Even now I still remember his face and cannot help shedding a tear for him.

We should never repeat this kind of evil again. I am vehemently against nuclear weapons. Governments must acknowledge all of those affected as designated A-bomb patients, regardless of whether they have survived and are still suffering or they have passed away.

I hear some of my rescue team mates also suffered and died from illnesses associated with the Atomic-bomb: I also can neither stand up nor walk by myself for reasons unknown to me, and must use a wheelchair.

I am very sorry I cannot be of any use or service to anti-nuclear activities myself. But I sincerely wish that the Atomic bomb will never be used again.
No more Atomic bombs! Never again!