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The Enola Gay's wings gleamed in the sun as it skimmed over the clouds on its way to the Far East. Its mission was one of mass destruction and the pilot, Simon Campbell had his own reservations about it but orders were orders.

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Out of the Darkness The Enola Gay's wings gleamed in the sun as it skimmed over the clouds on its way to the Far East. Its mission was one of mass destruction and the pilot, Simon Campbell had his own reservations about it but orders were orders. America had been fighting with Japan for close on four years now. Germany had recently surrendered but still the Japanese fought on. Consequently it was decided that in order to restore peace to the world, extreme measures would have to be taken. The plan was to drop an atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima where its unsuspecting citizens were going about their daily business. This bomb was to kill people, tear families apart and poison a fertile land for decades to come. Unaware of my peril, I placed the final card on my house of cards. My name is Hideo Koshima and at the time I was eleven years old, the youngest in a family of four which consisted of my parents, myself and my fourteen year old brother, Sangi. I had a close relationship with my older brother and without Sangi there to protect me, I would have been bullied at school because of my size. ...read more.

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My thoughts flicked to my family but an overpowering urge to sleep swept over me. When I awoke for the third time I felt much stronger and felt the need to do something. I threw back the covers and slowly put my feet on the cold plastic flooring. I wobbled as I walked out of my room into the corridor. As I passed a window, I saw that the land which had once been so colourful and full of life, now lay smoking in ruins. I have to admit that at that moment I broke down into tears. To see my home, my birthplace and the only place I had ever known, devastated in such as way never to be rebuilt as it was before, all memories obliterated, was unbearable. Somehow, at that moment, I knew my family was dead. They couldn't have survived such a blast. I didn't even know how I had. After I had pulled myself together, I set myself the task of finding out for sure whether my family was alive or not. I walked through corridor after corridor of bleak, grey walls and dull, brown doors. ...read more.

Conclusion

Whilst pondering these injustices, I failed to keep track of time, an d I realised with a start that it was dark so I quickly hurried to find shelter. I spent the night in Yasu Shrine in Gion. As a result of their burns, everyone was crying for water all night. I stared around at all the unhappy faces and realised that I recognised one of them. It was my brother. How can I describe the joy I felt as I was reunited with him? Now I knew that it would be all right. No matter how hopeless things seemed, Sangi would look after me and somehow, we would survive. Four years later- "Phew, glad that's over." I said to one of my friends. I had just finished the last of my O Level's and I thought I had done well. Life was great. Sangi and I were now living with the Robert's family in Leeds and as I walked home from school I reflected on Hiroshima. That bomb had thrust me into the darkness where no child should have to go but my brother had pulled me out again. I thought about this some more and I realised I had a lot to be thankful for. ...read more.

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