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Decades On, Hibakusha Explains the Horrors of Nagasaki


World  (tags: war, Nagasaki, atomic bomb, pain, dying, testimonies, stories, peace, message, burned, world war II, death, children )

Naoko
- 3252 days ago - asahi.com
As the children listened attentively, Kiwamu Ejima recalled the misery in his childhood, how he tried to comfort his dying sister burned beyond recognition in a city leveled by a nuclear weapon.



   

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Erin R (181)
Friday July 30, 2010, 9:53 am
Thank you for posting.
 

Jane L (0)
Saturday July 31, 2010, 5:44 pm
Thanks.
 

Glamour Girlcat (32)
Saturday July 31, 2010, 9:17 pm
Hearing first-hand experience from a survivor has more impact than just reading about an event in a history book. I am thankful that Mr. Ejima has decided to break his silence, adding his unique perspective to such a horrific event. His story would also hold interest for an American audience.

Thank you so much for posting this moving article, Naoko.
 

Teresa K (33)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 3:17 pm
Thank you for this post!
 

Caroline Vimla (16)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 8:56 pm
I wish they would talk about what whaling does to the whales to create awareness and the atrocities committed by the Japanese during their brief occupation in South East Asia countries instead of changing what happened in their history books. The war was real too...they carry the pain and wounds just like the people who suffered under them. how about their pain? The Korean and Chinese women who were forced to be sex slaves; something Japan refuses to even acknowledge fearing it may need to compensate them.
It i s easy to turn a blind eye to the sufferings of others while wallowing in self- pity.
Malaysia, my country which was called Malaya then, also underwent such horrible time under the rule of the Japanese. The countless numbers of people who were taken to build the railway lines, families torn apart etc.
Today, what has Japan learned from its past? After showing their superiority in the Pacific Ocean region then, they are displaying their superiority over whales in the Antartic Ocean, now.
While i sympathise with the millions who suffered due to the atomic bombings in Nagasaki and Hiroshima; Japan should also offer sympathy to those who suffered under them and the painful memories that thousands carry in them...there are many Kimawus in all the countries they ravaged..
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 10:11 pm
Thanks for post Naoko.
 

Stephanie Woods (1)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 11:26 pm
Thanks for posting, it is different hearing the stories from a person who lived through the experiance, than reading a very impersonal text book. There have got to be better ways to settle disputes, and I hope all our leaders can see that.
 

Betty Kowall (304)
Monday August 2, 2010, 6:52 am
A moving article.
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Thursday August 5, 2010, 11:25 pm
I think Japan has learned as much as any nation from its' past. I know they have to take notice about stopping the whale hunts. But what have we learned to any great degree - we are still fighting wars, people are still starving, dying.
It was wrong to drop 2 atomic bombs on Japan - one was enough.....it was only a matter of time before they surrendered. These bombs were used to demonstrate what an atomic war would do to the world. Wonder if anyone took any notice because atomic weapons are still being produced today.
 
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