“Each and every scene was hell itself.” “Human beings do not need atomic bombs.” - Shigeru Nonoyama， exposed to the atomic bomb in Hiroshima at the age of 15 // Over 50 hibakusha - victims of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9， 1945 - give vivid testimony of living through the nightmare of those fateful days and their hellish aftermath. Today， more than 70 years later， it is a challenge to keep alive an understanding of the true nature of nuclear weapons and their human toll. This book is a unique resource for those engaged in advocacy and education for the sake of peace. Accounts by women and men from Hiroshima are presented in separate sections， enabling the reader to gain a uniquely gendered perspective of the different ways the bombing affected survivors’ lives. These firsthand accounts give a chilling picture of the horror that nuclear weapons inflict. Survivors describe disfiguring and agonizing burns， and how radiation exposure causes pain， anxiety and discriminatory attitudes that last a lifetime as well as affecting subsequent generations.