Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bad, bad luck

Imagine getting caught in the world's first atomic bombing.

Then surviving it.

Just to get caught in the world's second atomic bombing.

Then surviving it.

But Tsutomu Yamaguchi, aged 93 today and living to tell the story in Japan, won't get twice the compensation afforded to survivors of the bombs. The good part is that the officials now know about his tough luck.

Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on 6 Aug 45 when the bomb was dropped, and suffered serious burns. He stayed on for treatment before returning to Nagasaki on (what was to become our National Day) on 9 Aug 45. They had to drop the bomb there again. More here.

This is realllly bad luck...

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