Origami Paper Cranes for Peace
© Scott Thistlethwaite 2006. All rights reserved.
Paper cranes dedicated to Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese schoolgirl who was two when the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Sadako contracted leukaemia at age 11. Sadako's best friend told her of an old Japanese legend which said that anyone who folds a thousand origami paper cranes would be granted a wish. She spent fourteen months in the hospital, and she folded over 1,300 paper cranes before dying at the age of twelve. It is said that what made the girl truly special in her effort was her additional wish to end all such suffering, to bring peace and healing to the victims of the world.