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2003/08/12

The American Experience | Fly Girls | The B-29: A Brief History
They said my face was like a
black ball,
no features,
unrecognizable.
When they cut away the skin,
it was like a cream puff underneath.

After a while,
I awoke under a net to protect me from flies.
There was no medicine, no doctor.
Burns covered one fourth of my body:
face, front from waist up, both arms and hands.

It was summer.
So many black flies all over.
So many dead bodies.
Couldn't burn them all.
People walk down the street and
their backs were black
with flies.
Horrible.

A while later at the Methodist Church,
Reverend Tanimoto, Kiyoshi Tanimoto,
introduced me to Norman Cousins,
who then went home and asked Americans to donate money
to bring me to the United States
for plastic surgery.

"Why go there?" they asked.
"America dropped the bomb."

"Yes,
America dropped the bomb," I said,
"But that is war,
Not the American people."

A couple of years later, 1955,
25 girls came over.
This is really human love.

I wish people who are ...
who are planning
a war
should go to Hiroshima
to the museum
there.
Everybody has to have education,
on how horrible.

I don't want to be on television,
but I have a mission.
Any chance.
Not just understand.
But action.
No
More
War!
posted by TT 11:02 AM

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