War through the Eyes of Children

With the Help of Barefoot Gen

Children Fight to Survive 2

Playing on the swings

The swing was the children’s favorite.
Hikarinosono– House of Providence
Courtesy of Hikarinosono

Lost Children’s Center

On August 8, 1945, the Lost Children’s Center was established in Hijiyama National Elementary School, which accommodated children who had lost their homes and blood relatives in the A-bombing.
Around the end of 1945 Hijiyama National Elementary School
Shinonome-cho (now, Kami-shinonome-cho)
Photo by Toshio Kawamoto Courtesy of Association of the Photographers of the Atomic (Bomb)
Destruction of Hiroshima


* The original location of each facility is shown on the current map of Hiroshima City.

* Created from an illustration by Technocco Image Factory

Child Fostering Diary

In the Hiroshima War Orphans Foster Home, children who had become orphans led a group life. This diary contains daily occurrences, food menus and teachers’ feelings when interacting with the children during the more than two-year period from December 1945 to March 1948.
Collection of Hiroshima Municipal Archives

Working in the crop fields

Due to food shortages, children were always hungry. They therefore strove to secure food by devoting themselves to work in the crop fields and by harvesting potatoes and pumpkins. Ninoshima Gakuen
Courtesy of Ninoshima Gakuen


LARA (Licensed Agencies for Relief of Asia) was a private organization which served as an intermediary that sent funds and supplies from the U.S., Canada and Latin American countries to Japan. Everyone shouted with joy to deliveries of clothing and food they had never seen before.
April 23, 1947 Ninoshima Gakuen
Courtesy of Ninoshima Gakuen

War through the Eyes of Children

With the Help of Barefoot Gen