The Peace Crane
Tresayre on 04/23/2008
|The origami crane is an internationally recognized symbol of peace. This has come about as a result of the story of Sadako Sasaki.|
Sadako was two years old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Her home was about two kilometres from where the bomb exploded. When she was 12 years old, she was diagnosed with leukemia. Her mother believed it to be a result of the bomb that had destroyed Hiroshima.
Sadako was inspired to fold 1000 origami paper cranes in the belief that 'the person who folded 1000 cranes would be granted a wish'... her wish, to be cured. It is said that she did not complete the task before she died and her friends completed them after her death; however, in an exhibit at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial it says Sadako did complete the 1000.
After her death in 1955, her friends raised money in order to build a memorial and in 1958 a statue of Sadako was completed at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. The words at the base of the statue read 'This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the World.'
Many people around the world have been inspired by this story. Teachers educate their students about peace, musicians have written songs, artists have created lasting pieces of artwork and authors have written stories.
Sadako's story will continue to have an impact for as long as we strive for peace.
In this quiz I will ask questions about Sadako's story and questions about people who have been inspired by her.
Reference Wikipedia, World Peace Project
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