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Hiroshima survivor pushes for peace during speech at Morningside

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An emotional tale of survival after the atomic bomb destroyed Hiroshima, Japan. Koko Tanimoto Kondo spoke at Morningside College about the effects of the bomb back in 1945.

Even though she was only eight months old when the blast happened, she still experiences the lingering effects from the nuclear chemicals.

As a child, she hated the men that flew the bomber, until she learned of the co-pilot's reaction to leveling the city. That's when she realized it didn't just hurt her.

For a long time, Kondo didn't want to tell anyone she was a survivor. But tonight, her message is of peace.

"You can not change the whole thing, but to me, person to person, like a grass roots kind of work, I mean, we can not do it right away, but little by little, someday," said Koko Tanimoto Kondo, Survivor

Kondo also showed clothes she and her parents were wearing when the bombing happened.

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