Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The ‘Living Hell’ From the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb

In August of 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Toyomi Hashimoto, a survivor of this tragedy, remembers it vividly. Hashimoto was 21-years old at the time and a mother to one son, and pregnant with another. She recalls the hectic and terrifying day of the bombings as she describes not knowing if her son was dead or alive. Hashimoto also describes the following days in Nagasaki as families searched for loved ones, the after-effects of the nuclear bombs took their toll and friends began to die from the bombs’ effects one-by-one. Many years later, Hashimoto is still haunted by that day as her children continue to be born with life-threatening illnesses from the bombs. She pledges that her life’s mission is to keep sharing her story about the harmful effects of atomic bombs in the hopes that they will never be used again.

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