Hiroshima: A survivor tells her story

Yoshiko Kajimoto survived the Hiroshima bombing in 1945.

Yoshiko Kajimoto was aged 14 and working in a Hiroshima munitions factory when the atomic bomb was dropped on the morning of August 6, 1945.

While all her family survived that day, radiation would kill her father a year later and radiation illness would confine her mother to hospital for 20 years.

Yoshiko gave up her dream to train as a teacher and had to work instead to earn money to raise her three brothers.

She’s now 85 and a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother.

Hiroshima was the site of the world's first atomic bombing. Credit: ITV News

Here is her account of the day the bomb fell on her city:

I had arrived at the factory and was working (making propellers for warplanes) when suddenly I saw a white-blue flash light up the sky.

Yoshiko Kajimoto
Yoshiko's father died a year after the blast due to a radiation illness and her mother was left infirm.

The factory was two storeys and made of wood. I was buried under the debris as it collapsed. I was out for four hours. When I came to I heard my co-workers screaming for help.

Yoshiko Kajimoto
US President Barack Obama paid his respects at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Credit: Reuters

Commenting on today’s visit by Mr Obama, she said:

I hoped he would be here earlier in his presidency.

Yoshiko Kajimoto