Sunday, October 19, 2008

Hiroshima Survivor and Peace Education

Mr. Keijiro Matsushima was a young boy when the atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima. He survived the blast on August 6, 1945 and shared his experiences with us. He is such a funny and charming man.

Japan is the only country to experience atomic weapons at a time of war. 140,000 people were killed in Hiroshima from the explosion, and he described the sad and horrifying effects on the Japanese people just after the bomb exploded and in the years afterward. He was just 14 years old and remembers sitting in his classroom when he felt the explosion, light, and powerful heat. "Everything was decided for us in a moment. I am one of the fortunate survivors."

He said that this is a time to cooperate and to stop the use of atomic weapons in the world again. " We want you to know what a thing this was. Once we learned what a thing this is, we must never use it again."

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