Staff from A-bomb Sufferers Welfare Center in Korea visit Hiroshima, learn about relief for A-bomb survivors

by Kyoko Niiyama, Staff Writer

On November 25, three staff members from the A-bomb Sufferers Welfare Center in Hapcheon County, South Gyeongsang Province, known as “Hiroshima in Korea” due to its large population of A-bomb survivors, came to Hiroshima to learn about relief measures for survivors.

At city hall, they listened to an explanation of the Atomic Bomb Survivors Relief Law, among other things, from a city employee of the Atomic Bomb Survivors Relief Department. Afterward, they visited Kanda Sansou, a facility located in Higashi Ward and run by the Hiroshima City A-bomb Survivors Council. They looked at the hot spring baths there and a room where visitors can undergo rehabilitation, using healthcare equipment.

Lee Hwasuk, 32, a welfare counselor, said, “Korean A-bomb survivors are also aging. We would like to see what we can do to address this situation, working together with people in Hiroshima.” Kim Gyeongsuk, 52, a care worker, and Lee Gyeonja, 53, a cook, said that they hoped to make good use of their experiences here to support A-bomb survivors after returning to South Korea.

The Hapcheon A-bomb Sufferers Welfare Center, where 107 A-bomb survivors now reside, was established in 1996 with financial aid provided by the Japanese government. The three staff members will remain in Hiroshima until November 29. They will tour Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and exchange views with staff members at three special nursing facilities for A-bomb survivors in Hiroshima.

(Originally published on November 26, 2013)