The 10th International Conference of Museums for Peace


Author: Kazuhisa Itou, General Secretary :No More Hibakusha Project - Inheriting Memories of the A- and H-bomb Sufferers

Abstract: “The atomic bombings created a situation where people could neither live nor die in a manner worthy of human beings”. What the atomic bombing created was an extreme situation where no one could possibly act as a human.

This video is a testimony of a Hibakusha who was exposed to the atomic bomb, at the age of 16, at the epicentre of the bombing in Hiroshima on 6th August 1945. He faced the humanitarian catastrophe under the mushroom cloud on that day. Since then, the dead hope and fear have never left him. However, he keeps speaking up and telling his story to people. What has driven him is his belief. He believes that “we must draw lessons from deaths of those who were killed or affected by the atomic bomb for the entire humanity”. He believes, that those who died on the day as well as many others who died in the vicious spiral of illness and poverty would equally believe that no one else must go through what they went through. He would like to work together with people and have supports so that he will not die in vain for the sake of dead victims

(E. Matsumoto)