painting by Ikeda Zenko and Ikeda Chieko
illustrates the hell they witnessed at Hiroshima.
Their one year old son was burned to death on that
day (August 6th). At Sakae-bashi (bridge) the couple
saw tens of thousands of people jumping into the river
to avoid the fire storms raging through the city.
Many were blind, horribly maimed, and in shock from
the bomb blast. Most were naked since their clothes
had been burned off of them.
rivers running through Hiroshima and Nagasaki were
like a magnet to the bomb victims, who sought relief
from their horrific burns and a refuge from the choking
smoke of the devastated city. Too weak to swim or
survive their fatal wounds, untold
thousands perished in the river waters. Bodies filled
the waterways for days, until the tide took them all
out to sea.