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1000 Paper Cranes

By Crazius
This is the sad story of Sadako who was a baby when the atomic bomb destroyed Hiroshima in 1945. At the age of 12, suffering from leukemia, she began to make paper cranes from her medicine wrappers, and to each of her little cranes she spoke the words:

"I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world."

Sadako hoped to make 1000 but she had completed only 644 when she died.

In her memory a Peace Tower has been erected in Hiroshima.

During the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki (August 9th at 11am) there was a demonstration at the nuclear base at Faslane near Helensburgh. Peace cranes were hung from the high security fences around the base.

These cranes pictured here are currently displayed at Scotland's Secret Bunker near St. Andrews, Fife.

Tags: Photo journalism Paper General Cranes Origami Hiroshima

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Carri 14 5 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2006 12:36AM
Wonderful shot and a wonderful story.
One of my twins has recently been telling me about Sadako, strange coincidence seeing this.

9 Jul 2006 1:37AM
a beautiful tribute of an image.
bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2006 3:26PM
what a beuatiful story and beautiful image

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