This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world.”
The crane you found was folded in memory of Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl who died of leukemia caused by radioactive fallout in her hometown of Hiroshima. During the 66th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9), 1000 hand-folded and decorated cranes are appearing downtown to honor the victims of those bombs, as well as all who have died – and are still dying – in wars since. Each has a tiny scroll attached: “This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the World” – the words inscribed on Sadako’s statue in Hiroshima’s Peace Park.
Regardless of one’s politics, what one thinks about the necessity/evil of war or nuclear energy, most of us agree that the use of nuclear weapons is a loser’s game in every way, and that no child should die as “collateral damage” of any war. We’re hoping the beauty of the colorful cranes will inspire at least a few passersby to pause and imagine a more peaceful world for this generation of children.
We would love to know where you found your crane, and what you did with it. You can let us know in the comments!