THE 1000 CRANE CLUB

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how to make a crane
children constructing peace
peace memorials


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Sadako Sasaki was two when the a United States bomber dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. She died ten years later of radiation-induced leukaemia. In hospital, she began folding a thousand paper cranes (the white crane is the sacred bird of Japan, and 100 origami cranes traditionally mean the granting of a wish). Her friends asked children in Japan and 13 other countries to make a contribution to a memorial in Hiroshima's Peace Park, which was set up in 1958 with the words 'This is our cry, this is our prayer, to build peace in the world' inscribed on its base. In the 1980s students of the International School, looking for a way to keep this message of peace alive, set up the 1000 Crane Club; they produced a booklet and asked groups of children world-wide to become members by sending 1000 paper cranes for Sadako's memorial. The first response came from an American school in 1986. Children, almost entirely unaided, had started a movement and established a globally recognised symbol of hope for peace.


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