Hiroshima: Photograph of a Boy and His Dog

A photograph of two innocent beings who lost their lives during one of history's worst man-made disasters.

On August 6, 1945 a WWII American B-29 bomber dropped the world's first atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Ninety percent of the city was wiped out, 80,000 people were killed immediately and many family pets perished.

The boy in the photo is Hideaki Suzuki holding his beloved dog Kuma. Hideaki, 12 years old, was at school when the A-bomb hit his home town. He survived the initial blast but was exposed to high-level radiation. Hideaki died seven days later as a result of exposure to radiation.