A cistern near ground zero. Hiroshima, August 7th, 1945. A drawing by a survivor.

Corpses of people that had tried to plunge the upper halves of their bodies into a fire-fighting cistern were draped over the side in layers.

Kikue Komatsu was 37 when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. She witnessed this scene on the morning of August 7th, 1945, about 550 meters from ground zero. She was 67 when she drew the picture. The words written on the drawing explain:

While searching for my daughter, I came across a mountain of corpses in a street of carnage. People had evidently rushed to plunge their faces in the water of a cistern, where they died with their arms around each other, clinging to the side. How they must have screamed for water. My heart aches for them. I clasp my hands in prayer.

Kikue Komatsu (1975)

3 Responses to “A cistern near ground zero. Hiroshima, August 7th, 1945. A drawing by a survivor.”

  1. Georgie Says:

    your drawing is spectacular the detail you’ve put into it is incredible!! and did you really see this like it’s terryfying to witness let alone draw? Are you selling this picture at all? because if you are i would definetly buy it! not just because i like it but because it’s a serious matter and i think it really signifies something… i’m very impresed with your drawing and i’m surprised a lady like you at that age(no offense) it’s really good and basically i love your drawing!!!! i’ve actually never seen a drawing of war or bombs that good ever, you should be very proud of yourself!

  2. binasito hauk Says:

    With deepest love I’m 100% satisfied with the drawing that was made during the hiroshima bomb. I feel very sad with what happened seeing those people died. I had that feeling hurting me if this happened to be in chuuk. I really had a heartfelt looking at the dead ones. I will pray that this will never happen throughout history.

  3. Randolyn Says:

    that picture must have been hard to draw because of how real it it and im sorry for the lost of your ancesters

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