Today marks the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb, or “Little Boy” detonating over Hiroshima. The bomb contained 2 lbs of uranium, which may sound small until you realize that has a force equivalent to that of 15 kilotons of TNT. The bomb claimed over 140,000 lives. 70,000 died instantaneously.
I know the subject of war is always controversial, since it always depends on all kinds of factors such as whose side you take and in what light you view the events. But after watching a documentary by Channel 4 called “Hiroshima: The Aftermath“, it really stirred up all kinds of emotions I had about war and bombs.
Just to give you an insight into my documentary-watching experience: I am a history student, so I know some of the basic facts regarding the events that conspired in WWII. I have also watched many documentaries; constant remakes on the same facts, visually appealing and every single one left me with very little impression afterwards.
However, this documentary really took the words off the pages of my textbooks and painted a real and extremely tragic, heart-rending scene of post-war Hiroshima. This includes the lesser-known, backstreet-belonging stories of young orphans having to work and selling drugs to survive, doctors dying on their feet as they worked to save bomb victims, and young girls disappearing off the streets.
Who knew that a Little Boy could be the cause of so much devastation?
WARNING: This contains stuff that is not intended for younger viewers. If you are interested in watching this (the suggested age limit is 16 years of age or if you are underage, have parental supervision), here’s the YouTube link and original Channel 4 link below. I’ve also added a videoclip featuring Isao Hashimoto’s time-lapse video, showing worldwide atomic bomb detonations since 1945 (I have Mr. Prichard to thank for introducing our class to this last year)