A Haunting Visit To An Elementary School in Hiroshima

Eileen Ogintz
September 17, 2015
A Haunting Visit To An Elementary School in Hiroshima
I've got chills as Amber Whaley, 12, and her friend Miko Uno, 11, lead us into their elementary school's basement. This was all that was all that remained of the Honkawa Elementary School when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima 70 years ago this past August 6. The school was less than 400 yards (slightly more than three football fields) from the epicenter. So close, Amber explained, that "the injured were brought here and many died here. Some are buried under our playground." More than 411 children and teachers died.
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