As global tensions continue to mount, the threat of a nuclear war breaking out has become very real.
Just think about it: The U.S. and Russia currently have upwards of 16,000 nuclear weapons ready to fire at each other at any given moment. That’s a scary thought.
If you need a refresher on just how destructive the effects of a nuclear war can be, just rewind back to August 6, 1945. That’s when American forces dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing and vaporizing tens of thousands of children, women and men in an instant.
Countless more were damned to die slow, unbearable deaths from radiation sickness and ghastly burns from the searing heat. However, those who were lucky enough to survive the blasts, have forever been haunted by their experiences.
The video above is an excerpt from White Light, Black Rain, a documentary film about the bombings from the perspective of those who lived through one of the most atrocious moments in human history.
A difficult scene to watch is that of a woman remembering the horrifying moment she reached out to grab her mother in the commotion after the blast. What she witnessed was absolutely terrible–her mother crumbled into ashes right before her eyes.
It’s something that she’ll never be able to forget. Not in a million lifetimes.
Skip to 23:25 to listen to her heartbreaking memories.