Junko’s Story

The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are, or really should be, part of everyone’s awareness.

Today I stumbled upon an interactive website which features a first person recollection of the moment the atomic attack hit Hiroshima, written by a lady named Junko Morimoto, who was in her house at the time. It is an absolutely horrifying account to read, but it’s also incredible to think that this young girl, 13 years old, survived with her siblings at pretty much the epicentre of an attack of such unprecedented destruction, and still lives to tell the tale. Harrowing and deeply saddening.

The illustrations on the website accompanying the story, by Nancy Liang, recently won the Editorial New Talent prize at the World Illustration Awards.

WEBSITE

http://www.sbs.com.au/hiroshima/

Illustration: Nancy Liang