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2-2-1-1Suffering from burns and other injuries

 

Around 11 AM, August 6
2,270 m from the hypocenter
Photo by Yoshito Matsushige 
Collection of The Chugoku Shimbun

Miyuki Bridge was covered with severely burned people. I held the camera up, but I couldn’t snap the shutter.
Finally, after about 20 minutes of hesitation, I took my first picture.
"Help me!" "Water, please!"
An infant clung to the breast of a mother too weak to move.
Another half-crazed mother cradled her small child, calling its name repeatedly and crying,
"Open your eyes! Open your eyes!"

 

Photo by Yoshito Matsushige 
Collection of The Chugoku Shimbun

Their hair was scorched and frizzy. Their faces, arms, backs, legs – their whole bodies were badly burnt. Blisters had burst and sheets of burnt skin hung from them like rags.
The scene through my viewfinder was blurred by tears that streamed down my cheeks.
This was hell.

 

 Source: Peace Culture vol.20

Reality of the Atomic Bombing 2 Hiroshima on August 6