AAJA Seattle member Nicole Tsong reports in today’s Seattle Times on survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast, in advance of Aug. 6, the 64th anniversary of the first use of nuclear weapons in the history of warfare. Nagasaki was bombed three days later on Aug. 9, 1945. The world has lived ever since then in the shadow of that destruction. Nuclear disarmament talks have regained momentum recently, but geopolitics and mutual distrust make it hard for nations to lay down their weapons. Stories like this remind us of the human toll of nuclear warfare.
By Nicole Tsong
The burns on Yasuko Carter’s arms haunted her through her teens, when she was too embarrassed to wear short sleeves and reveal skin ravaged by radiation.
Now 74, the Hiroshima survivor is struggling with more recent effects from intense radiation exposure: lung and breast cancer.