There can be no peace in the world unless we are at peace withinourselves; Let us all aim for the inner peace at first – was the message which was sent to Hiroshima, Japan by the students of class VI to X of Delhi Public School, North Kolkata through the medium of origami. Colourful Paper cranes were made as a tribute to the brave girl Sadako who fought for her life against blood cancer for nine long years. When Sadako was treated in a hospital she made paper cranes which she believed would be a way to cure her. She lived in this belief for nine long years and at last died. The children’s monument in front of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is a monument for peace to commemorate Sadako Sasaki and the thousands of child victims of the atomic bombing on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945.
We were moved to tears to know how fateful was the atomic bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and how the Japanese suffered for those two bombs, for generations. Our fervor and zeal knew no bounds when our teachers told us that this was the time to show the world our concern for humanity and peace all over the world. The cranes were a symbol of peace for the Japanese. We made the paper cranes with love and tenderness, hopes and sense of brotherhood. Our paper cranes were received with love and thanks by the Peace Memorial Foundation, Hiroshima, Japan. We pray for peace all over the world, now and always.
The following is the response we got from the Peace Division, Hiroshima on mail.
Thank you very much for sending the paper cranes with the desire for peace. We received them and offered them to the Children’s Peace Monument.
To avoid a repetition of the tragedy that befell many victims who died of the Atomic bombing, we are working to build a peaceful world without nuclear weapons. This will be accomplished not only by our effort, but also by support and cooperation from all over the world. In line with this, we appreciate your action and desire for peace.
I ask that you continue to keep in your heart Hiroshima’s experience and your hopes for peace.
I close with best wishes for your good health and every success in your activities.
Peace Promotion Division
International Peace Promotion Department The City of Hiroshima
Peace Promotion Division
1-5 Nakajimacho, Nakaku, Hiroshima
Tel: +81-82-242-7831/ Fax: +81-82-242-7452
We are extremely glad to be a part of this endeavor.
Students of IX and X