“If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.”

- Mahatama Ghandi

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Japaneses students dedicating the Origami cranes at the Sadako memorial in Hiroshima

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Our class and the 3rd grade class had the similar topic of WW2 to talk about. We talked about the more informative and issues associated with solid facts. The 3rd grade class talked about the book on a girl named Sadako who was a victim of the radiation caused by the dropping of the Little Boy on Hiroshima. The title of the book was 'Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes'. This book rotates around the life of Sadako, a normal Japanese girl however infected by the radiation and thriving to survive. She decides to have belief in the local myth about when on can fold one thousand paper cranes the gods will grant the wish of the folder. Sadly, she fails and die but her belief and life does not die out and is until today looked as a critical example of the downside of wars and nuclear weapons. In Hiroshima peace park there is a statue of Sadako holding a paper crane and many Japanese students come here to contribute their efforts for peace around the world.


Sadako - Childrens Peace Memorial
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- After her death Sadkos friends and classmates raised funds to build the Hiroshima peace memorial. On the foot of the statue is a plaque that reads, This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world.
- There is also a statue of her in the Seattle Peace Park, which shows how much of a leading symbol Sadako have become of the Nuclear War.
- Every day thousands of cranes arrive at this memorial from children all over the world who hope for peace.











Sadako Sasaki by Rachel Cohn
This is a short animation by Rachel Cohn about the story 'Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes'.

Afterthoughts...


After hearing about Sadako we came to think about how many children there would be experiencing what Sadako has. With the increasing conflicts occurring around the world (ex: Iraq, Sudan, Palestine etc...) there could be many more children who would experience not exactly the same thing but similar. What could we do to lessen the conflicts as an individual? Participating in the events happening in peace day could indirectly help but nevertheless contribute in the making of peace. It could show the conflicting countries how much we want peace and think twice before going in to war. This could be one of a thousand small steps towards peace.

Peace Quotes


Nonviolence doesn't always work -- but violence never does.
- Madge Michaels-Cyrus

If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.
- Anita Koddick


You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
- Albert Einstein
In peace sons bury fathers, but war violates the order of nature, and fathers bury sons.
- Herodotus
The tragedy of war is that it uses man's best to do man's worst.
- Henry Fosdick
After every ''victory'' you have more enemies.
- Jeanette Winterson
Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?
- Holly Near
We know how to organize warfare, but do we know how to act when confronted with peace?
- Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Permanent good can never be the outcome of untruth and violence.
- Mahatma Gandhi
I'm not disturbing the peace. I'm disturbing the war.
- Ammon Hennacy
When the rich make war, it's the poor that die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Violence is the first refuge of the incompetent.
- Isaac Asimov
After a war, a hero is just a man with one leg.

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