06 August 2010

Never forget Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945 the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. At that time a little girl named Sadako lived in the city. She survived the bomb but later developed leukemia and was hospitalized. Sadako started to fold paper cranes hoping to fold a thousand believing in an old Japanese saying, Senbazuru that says if you fold a thousand paper cranes you are granted one wish. Sadakos wish first was to live but she then changed it to peace on earth. Sadako managed to fold 644 paper cranes before she died at the age of 12 and after her death her friends and family finished folding the rest.

There is a statue of Sadako in Hiroshima Peace Park and people still leave paper cranes at the statue.

Photo by Hikarulychee

You can send a paper crane to be hung in the statue. The address is:
General Affairs Division
Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation
1-2 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima,
Japan 730-0811

On the statue is a plaque:
This is our cry
This is our prayer.
Peace on Earth.

For Sadako and for all other victims of war in the world we must never forget Hiroshima and never stop fighting for a world free of atomic bombs!

Take care

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