2007年05月13日

A thousand Cranes flying from Sweden


One of the members of HIROSHIMA SPEAKS OUT, Keiko Murakami, who is also an A-bomb survivor, has been sewing “seeds of peace” all over the world so far, and found out that one of the seeds sprouted out in Sweden recently.

Eighty-one students in the Japanese course at Luleo University, Northern Sweden, had an opportunity to listen to the story of Ms. Murakami in January, 2006. After that, they talked about what they could do for peace and decided to fold a thousand paper cranes. Led by Tomoko Okamura, a Japanese teacher at the college, they folded cranes together with an English family, and sent them to a member of HSO living in Hiroshima.

The cranes were dedicated to the Children’s Monument in Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, by an HSO member. The statue was erected in honor of Sadako Sasaki, who died at the age of 12 of leukemia which is said to be an A-bomb disease, folding paper cranes with the wish for being cured. (Sept. 24, 2006)