26 May '16, 3pm

'I still hate the glow of the setting sun': Hiroshima survivors' tales ahead of Obama visit

'I still hate the glow of the setting sun': Hiroshima survivors' tales ahead of Obama visit

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AFP) - For survivors of the world's first nuclear attack, the day America unleashed a terrible bomb over the city of Hiroshima remains seared forever in their minds. Though their numbers are dwindling and the advancing years are taking a toll, their haunting memories are undimmed by the passage of more than seven decades. On the occasion of Barack Obama's offering of a floral tribute on Friday at the cenotaph in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park - the first ever visit by a sitting US president - some of them share their stories with AFP. Emiko Okada, now 79, was about 2.8km from ground zero and suffered severe injuries in the blast. Her sister was killed. "All of a sudden a flash of light brightened the sky and I was slammed to the ground. I didn't know what on earth had happened. There were fires everywhere. We rushed away as the blaze roared toward us. "The...

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