Most children who survived the cruel ordeal of the atomic bombing had lost relatives. Many had no family left to care for them. Even those who had parents were too poor to go to school and lead normal lives. The cruel tragedy of the atomic bomb was thrust on innocent children too weak to fend for themselves and yet, despite all the post-war social turmoil, most of these children grew to be tough and resourceful.
Lumber at a construction site became a seesaw. Anything at hand became something to play with. The smiling faces of children gave adults hope for tomorrow. December 1946, Moto-machi (near what is now the Hiroshima Museum of Art).
Photo by Eric A. Saxon