August 31, 2015
Nakagawa explains Deaf persons living
after an atom bomb hit Hiroshima.
During the heavy damage from which an atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, how did Deaf people survive? The lecture on such story of their experiences was held in Kusatsu-shi near Kyoto on August 30. About 40 people participated.
Nakagawa Fumie, 75, Hiroshima branch director of the National Interpreting Issues Study Group which has been involved in activities to collect the experiences of Deaf atomic bomb victims, said that about 170 Deaf persons were exposed to radiation in Hiroshima and forced to spend a severe life.
Nakagawa's parents were Deaf and she acquired sign language in childhood. She is the leader of a sign language theatre group, while writing books on Deaf atomic bomb victims.
According to her lecture, many Deaf persons went to Hiroshima city after atomic bombing and was exposed to radiation because the school for the Deaf in those days evacuated in the Hiroshima suburbs.
With an example of the neighborhood group made with residents in neighborhood given, she explains, "A Deaf person used to be helped by a neighborhood group, too, before atomic bombing, but the group itself disappeared in a burned field after a drop, and the Deaf was unable to get any help further."
"With hardly also receiving food distribution, even without the house where they live, they were totally isolated. A hearing person wouldn't be able to understand easily how much the Deaf suffered at that time. So, I hope you all know more about the fact."