Kaz Suyeishi, Japan


Age: 83 -- Birthplace: USA; moved to Hiroshima, Japan 1927

At the age of 18, Kaz witnessed the dropping and detonation of the world's first atomic bomb, "Little Boy", over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. For the last 40 years, she has been a spokesperson for hope and peace, a message that resonates throughout her life story.

The most satisfying event of my life is telling my story to schoolchildren, and then hearing them yell, "No more war!"

Peace without love is impossible.

My parents taught us never to hate... no one is perfect, people make mistakes. Try to talk instead of fighting. Once we talk, we understand and become friends. The worst sickness is to hate... I want to be happy, not lonely.

My secret for a long life is simply to love and forgive.

Since I was a little girl, America was always my dream country... and still is.