Hiroshima Maidens

Hiroshima Maidens

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The Hiroshima Maidens are a group of twenty-five Japanese women who were young when they were seriously disfigured as a result of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on the morning of August 6, 1945.

Keloid scars marred their faces and many of their hands were bent into claw-like positions. These women, as well as the other citizens affected by the A-bomb, were referred to as hibakusha, meaning "explosion-affected people".

The more specific nickname for the group of women – the Hiroshima Maidens – caught on when the women were brought to the United States to undergo multiple reconstructive surgeries. This highly publicized turn of events was largely the work of Saturday Review editor Norman Cousins, an outspoken advocate of nuclear disarmament.

One of these survivors, Miyoko Matsubara, has said:, exactly 235,569 living hibakusha were certified by the Japanese government, with an average age of 75.92.

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