Thursday, May 26, 2016

“As many as 220,000 people were killed by the atomic bombs...



"As many as 220,000 people were killed by the atomic bombs dropped on Japan, most of them Japanese civilians. But 40,000 to 50,000 of the dead were Koreans who had been taken to Hiroshima or Nagasaki against their will as forced laborers, or had settled in the cities after fleeing deprivation in their occupied homeland. Those who survived and returned to South Korea after the war were shunned and denied medical care, partly to avoid upsetting the official view that the nuclear attacks were necessary to liberate Korea. When President @barackobama visits Hiroshima on Friday, a small delegation from South Korea plans to gather around an obscure monument there dedicated to a group of victims who endured more than their share of misery, yet whom few remember. While on assignment in Hapcheon, Japan, the photographer Jean Chung took this photo of Kim Il-jo — one of the 2,580 registered Korean survivors alive today — holding a photograph of herself wearing a bus attendant's uniform in Hiroshima in 1944.As many as 220,000 people were killed by the atomic bombs dropped on Japan, most of them Japanese civilians. But 40,000 to 50,000 of the dead were Koreans who had been taken to Hiroshima or Nagasaki against their will as forced laborers, or had settled in the cities after fleeing deprivation in their occupied homeland. Those who survived and returned to South Korea after the war were shunned and denied medical care, partly to avoid upsetting the official view that the nuclear attacks were necessary to liberate Korea. When President @barackobama visits Hiroshima on Friday, a small delegation from South Korea plans to gather around an obscure monument there dedicated to a group of victims who endured more than their share of misery, yet whom few remember. While on assignment in Hapcheon, Japan, the photographer Jean Chung took this photo of Kim Il-jo — one of the 2,580 registered Korean survivors alive today — holding a photograph of herself wearing a bus attendant's uniform in Hiroshima in 1944." By nytimes on Instagram.



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