A-Bomb Survivor Telling Stories in English for 40 Years

Society Culture

Hiroshima, Aug. 6 (Jiji Press)--An 82-year-old hibakusha atomic bomb survivor of Hiroshima has been describing her wartime experiences in English for some 40 years to overseas visitors to Peace Memorial Park, near the hypocenter in the western Japan city.

Keiko Ogura is also passionate about nurturing young people who will be responsible for the coming generations.

"Knowing is the first step in making peace," she said.

When the U.S. atomic bomb exploded on Aug. 6, 1945, Ogura, then 8, was on a street near her house 2.4 kilometers away from ground zero.

She saw a flash and was knocked over by the blast. After a while, someone grabbed her ankle, saying, "Please give me some water."

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