Ms. Toshiko Saeki was 26 years old at the time of the bombing. She was at her parents home in Yasufuruichi with her children. As she was returning to Hiroshima on the afternoon of August 6 th, she searched for her other relatives for many days, but couldn’t find them. Ms. Saeki lost thirteen members of her family in the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima.
Saeki remembered an airplane appearing from behind the mountains on her left. She thought it was strange to see an airplane flying that time all by itself. She looked at it and it was a B-29. She thought it seemed strange because there were anti aircraft guns firing at it. She watched it for a while, but as soon as it disappeared, another airplane appeared from the same direction. Saeki thought it seemed out of the ordinary.
Subsequently, there came a flash of light. Saeki couldn’t describe what it was. Then, she felt heat attacking her all of a sudden. She laid flat on the ground, trying to escape from the heat. Next, there came a big sound, doors and windows were blown off into the air.
She turned around to see what had happened to the house, and at some parts, the ceiling was caved in, burying her sister’s child and her child as well. When she saw what the blast had done to her house, which was pretty far away from Hiroshima, she thought that Hiroshima must have been ruined. She begged her sister to let her go back to Hiroshima to rescue their family. By that time though, things were falling from the sky. She went out to the main road, and a few people were coming from the direction of Hiroshima.
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They were in a horrible condition and wounded badly. At that point, she began to run towards Hiroshima. Saeki said the whole town of Hiroshima was just in a mess. People were trying to find shelter.
When she reached the local school, people were crowding around in the hallways. Everywhere she turned people were crying. She couldn’t identify people by their faces. She tried to find her family by looking at their clothing, if they had any. Saeki couldn’t find any of her family, so she went out to the playground.
She saw four piles of bodies and didn’t know what to do. She couldn’t find words to describe what she saw. By the end of August 1945, Toshiko’s hair started to fall out, she vomited blood, and her teeth were coming out. There was nothing good about nuclear war. She said it just leaves you with fear about the aftereffects of a radioactivity.