Hiroshima, Japan, June 2002.

Michiko Yamaoka, who at 19 years-old barely survived the A-Bomb attack on Hiroshima, became one of the “Hiroshima Maidens.” Because of her disfiguring burns, she was sent to the U.S. in the early 1950’s and given numerous plastic surgeries to rebuild her face. She said that for 50 years she hated the United States, but then decided to become an activist for peace.