Granddaughter shares A-bomb survivor's experiences

The granddaughter of a Japanese atomic bomb survivor who died last month has spoken to American college students about the horrors of nuclear weapons.

Tominaga Yuki, who lives in Hiroshima, took part in an online lecture organized by DePaul University in Chicago on Thursday.

She is the granddaughter of Okada Emiko, a Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor who spent more than 30 years sharing her story both at home and abroad.

Tominaga told the students about how Okada was just 8 years old at the time of the bombing, and suffered from the aftereffects for the rest of her life.

She said her grandmother started sharing her memories because she wished that no child would ever have to experience what she went through.

Tominaga told the students that knowledge leads to peace, and urged them to learn the facts about the bombings themselves. She also said they should strive to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons.

The students said Tominaga's lecture taught them about the trauma of atomic bomb survivors, known as hibakusha in Japan.

The event was planned by the university's associate professor of religious studies, Miyamoto Yuki, who comes from a hibakusha family from Hiroshima. Miyamoto said stories told by families involve deep thought, and that Tominaga taught her to think about how to share the painful experiences of the hibakusha.