Atomic bomb survivors bring their stories to Broken Arrow


Shigeko Sasamore and Yasuaki Yamashita have seen something in their lifetimes that they hope no one else has to see for themselves. Nuclear warfare in their hometowns of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. They came to Broken Arrow High School Tuesday to spread a message of nuclear disarmament.

"I feel very urged every minute. It's important for people to know how horrible war is when started, especially with the nuclear weapon," said Sasamore.

Sasamore stood on a hillside and watched the bomb drop. Her chin was fused to her neck from the heat, her hands deformed and she needed more than 29 surgeries to correct the damage to her mouth.

"My face and hands, everything looked like a monster. Destroyed. Even my mother made a mask to go out," she said.

The survivors told the BAHS students their stories. They provided demonstrations for just how much nuclear firepower is in the world today. The stories, demonstrations and sheer fact that there are 1,500 nuclear weapons out there struck a chord with the students.

"Thank you, sincerely, for sharing your story with us. I can't imagine how hard it must be to recall things like that," said one student.

The horrors they saw, the death and destruction, it's not something they can forgive, but it's also not something they hold against the average American. We asked if they thought the weapons would be used ever again.

"In that question, I'm not so sure," said Yamashita. "But it could happen. As we explained, by mistake it could start again and begin nuclear war. That's the problem, we don't need to have nuclear weapons."

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