Sunao Tsuboi survived the bombing of Hiroshima. Speaking at an anti-nuclear weapons rally in New York, he said, "Even if you luckily survive you...suffer from psychological and physical disruption...until your life ends." [includes rush transcript]
AMY GOODMAN: We end today’s broadcast with Sunao Tsuboi. He is a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima, what is known as Hibakusha, a Hiroshima survivor. He spoke on May 1 at a rally against nuclear weapons here in New York in Central Park.
SUNAO TSUBOI: [Translated from Japanese] On the 6th of August, 60 years ago, I was a college student, 20 years old. When the atomic bomb was dropped, I was near the Hiroshima City Hall, about one kilometer away from the ground zero. I’ve seen so many Hibakusha wounded, injured and killed in blood and in burns. It was like hell on earth. I really believed Hiroshima was dead at that time. I was fortunate to survive the instant bombing, but one week later, I fell unconscious. For forty days, I was staying in unconscious so I didn’t know when the war ended. After so many years, I’ve survived, but I have many, many illnesses: A plastic anemia, angina, colon cancer, prostate cancer. Many Hibakusha who have survived the atomic bombings still suffer from many, many difficulties and illnesses, and they have been constantly under medical care. The most cruel damage on human beings by the atomic bomb is that even if you luckily survived you have to continue to suffer from psychological and physical disruption of human beings until your life ends. That’s why we call the atomic bombing the absolute evil.
AMY GOODMAN: Sunao Tsuboi, speaking in Central Park in New York on May 1, against nuclear weapons. He is a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima. He ended his speech in English.
SUNAO TSUBOI: No more Hiroshima! No more Nagasaki! No more Hibakusha! No more war!
AMY GOODMAN: Sunao Tsuboi, speaking from Central Park on this eve of the 60th anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the first and only time that the world has seen the atomic bomb used.