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June 20, 1980 - Image 6

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Page 6--Friday, June 20, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Panel hears Hiroshima survivors


WASHINGTON (AP)-Survivors of
the atomic bomb blast that destroyed
Hiroshima told a Senate panel
yesterday of watching "lines and lines
of people, burned, swollen, bloody" and
pleaded for "a better way to keep peace
in this world."
At a hearing before the Labor and
Human Resources subcommittee on the
health care effects of radioactive
fallout, Florence Garnett, who was 13
and lived near Hiroshima at the time
of the 1945 bombing, described people
standing dead in the streets or upright
on bicycles "charred to death."
* GENE MASANORI Fujita of Seattle
said he and some school friends went
into a shelter after hearing the
American B-29s overhead before the
atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima.
When the bomb exploded, Fujita said
he felt like "pressurized hot air was
trying to squeeze my body."
He said after a few minutes he left the
shelter and was stunned by what was
left of his city. "There were people with
skin hanging from their hands. There
was a lot of groaning and moaning and
people walked around in a daze," he
"THERE WAS A mother whose legs
were cut and bruised," he said, "She
had two children who were burned over
80 per cent of their bodies, and the little
girl was screaming, 'Please kill me!
Please kill me! I can't stand the pain!"'.
When the bomb exploded, Garnett,
now of Monterey Park, Calif., said she
was playing in a school yard "and the
air was so hot I thought I would die."
She said she searched the rubble two
weeks for her grandparents and
brother. Finally, she said she found her
grandparents crushed under the
kitchen floor. She said she dug their
bodies out, piled up newspapers and


THREE EYEWITNESSES TO the bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 9, 1945 testify in Washington yesterday before a Senate
subcommittee on Labor and Human Resources chaired by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.). From left are Esuko Bundy,
Florence Garnett, and Gene Masanori Fujita; not pictured is a fourth eyewitness, Shigeko Sasamori.

cremated them.
"LATER I HEARD that somebody
say my younger brother sitting under a
tree, burned all over his body, begging
for water," Garnett emotionally
Esuko Bundy, now of Ft. Wayne, Ind.,
was 7 when the bomb hit. She said she
was knockedunconscious. Afterwards,
she said, she and other members of her
family wandered toward the city and
saw "lines and lines of people, burned,
swollen, bloody."
Shigeko Sasamori, 13 then, said she
heard the "airplane and saw something
drop out. I told my friend to look up
... Then I felt as if I was in a big fire."
"People I saw looked more like
monsters, with their burns. I never saw
so much horror," she said.

She said that when her parents finally
found her, they didn't recognize her.
"My mother said she couldn't see
where my face was. They called out to
me and I answered my name."

The hearing was called by Sen.
Edward Kennedy, a candidate for the
Democratic presidential nomination,
who used the forum to campaign
against the spread of nuclear weapons.

Carter OKs nuclear
fuel export to India


FromAP and UPI
WASHINGTON-President Carter
has agreed to export 38 tons of nuclear
fuel to India, reversing a decision of the
Nuclear Regulatory Commission and
raising cries on Capitol Hill of an ad-
ministration "flip-flop" on its nuclear
The decision to stand by a 1963
agreement and supply new fuel for the
Indian atomic reactor at Tarapur out-
side Bombay was announced at a
Senate Foreign Relations Committee
hearing yesterday by Deputy Secretary
of State Warren Christopher.
was made to shore up relations with the
government of Prime Minister Indira
Gandhi at a time when the United
States is seeking a united front in
South Asia and Southwest Asia against,
the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
Christopher also said the State
Department has no evidence India
plans further nuclear tests, but he said
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atom bomb.
The decision is highly controversial
on Capitol Hill because India/detonated
a nuclear explosion in 1974. refuses to
open all of its nuclear facilities to inter-
national inspection, and declines to rule
out future nuclear explosions.
IN THE HOUSE, Rep. Edward
Markey (D-Mass.) announced he and 34
.other House members have introduced
a resolution to veto Carter's decision to
ship the nuclear fuel to India.
"The House will block the sale of
uranium to India by a large vote,"
Markey said at a news conference. "I
predict the Senate will also override the
Several senators said the decision
blows a large hole in the ad-
ministration's nuclear non-
proliferation policy.
Christopher said that the decision ac-
tually will help the cause of nuclear
non-proliferation because India will
continue to respect the restrictions on
its nuclear activities that are set in the
1963 agreement.






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