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Anguished Voices Calling for Water; Family Members Searching for Loved Ones
Medicine and other supplies soon ran out. The vast number of injured made it impossible to provide adequate treatment. Flies swarmed open wounds which were soon crawling with maggots. Before long, the acute effects of radiation began to appear-purpura (purple spots from bleeding under the skin), bleeding from the gums, high fever, loss of hair. One after the next, patients with seemingly light injuries began dying. As people learned that the injured were being taken to Ninoshima, thousands found their way there to search for family or friends. They would wander from room to room staring at the injured, whose clothing was burned to tatters and whose skin was so charred and swollen as to make them unrecognizable, and shouting, "Is so and so here?"

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Dazed boy separated from his parents;
mother trying to nurse a dead baby;
junior high student asking me to contact his family
Drawing and text / Fuyuko Ujo
August 7, 1945, morning, Horse Quarantine Station

"A seven-year-old boy named Hiroyuki got separated from his parents. He just sat in a daze. A young mother was clutching and trying to nurse her dead baby. The mother died the next day. The Second Hiroshima Junior High student was from Amagasaki. Over and over, he asked me to tell his family he was here. His voice still sounds clearly in my ears."
Excerpt from explanation in drawing
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Used and discarded medicine bottles

Photo / Shunkichi Kikuchi Courtesy / Tokuko Kikuchi
October 17, 1945, Ninoshima Quarantine Station
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Victim burned by heat ray

Photo / Masami Onuka
August 7, 1945, Ninoshima Quarantine Station
Junior High Student clutching his pants begging, "Take me with you."
(What I heard about the last hours of my child's life)
Drawing and text / Masato Une
August 8, 1945, morning, Ninoshima Quarantine Station

"When Mr. Maruko of Yano-cho called out, 'Is anyone here from Yano?' A young boy said, 'Yes, my father is Masato Une. Take me to Yano, please. Please take me!' He grabbed Maruko's pant leg and begged him repeatedly. Maruko replied, 'I have to go to Hiroshima. As soon as I get back to Yano, I'll tell your parents you're here.' He released his leg listlessly and said, 'Please do that.' Just after 1:00 p.m. he called out, 'Mother! Father!' then departed for the other world. I learned all this that evening."
Excerpt from explanation in drawing
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Young kamikaze corps members saluting and preparing to go on an attack
Drawing / anonymous
August 8, 1945, Ninoshima Quarantine Station

"Three very young soldiers saluted and said, 'We're going to such and such a place.' It was so sad to see them go and I have no idea what happened to them. Kamikaze teams usually set out from Etajima Island. In the dead of night they came around and gave us frozen tangerines. Despite my pain and horror, their kindness remains a pleasant memory. I would like to meet them again."
Excerpt from a memoir