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  • 1. The Story of Sadako Sasaki
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    • Sadako Sasaki was a little Japanese girl who lived in Hiroshima, Japan when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.
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    • She was an active, athletic little girl.
    • In 1954 at age 11, she became dizzy and fell to the ground….
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    • At just 11, she was diagnosed with Leukemia which at the time was known as the ‘atom bomb disease.’ She was then told that she did not have long to live…
    • Sadako’s best friend told her an old Japanese legend.
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    • The old Japanese legend believes that anyone who folds 1000 paper cranes will be granted a wish by the Gods…..
  • 6.
    • Cranes are a symbol of
    • Hope and Courage…
  • 7.
    • Sadako started folding, determined to create the 1000 paper cranes so she could be granted her wish to recover and therefore return to her active life.
  • 8.
    • Some versions of the tale of ‘Sadako Sasaki’ state that she made 500 paper cranes and she already began to feel better so she then could be sent home.
  • 9.
    • All sources do however state that before dying peacefully in her sleep, Sadako successfully constructed 644 paper cranes.
  • 10.
    • Her friends decided that in her honour they would finish creating the 356 remaining paper cranes.
    • She was then buried with the 1000 paper cranes.
  • 11.
    • Sadako Sasaki’s story has made the 1000 paper crane legend an international symbol of PEACE.
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    • There are numerous memorials in Japan for the children affected by the Hiroshima disaster, as well as a statue of Sadako.
  • 13.
    • Everyday the memorial is covered with paper cranes in the hope for world Peace, so that a disaster such as this one will never prevail again.
  • 14.
    • Sadako Sasaki’s story is well known internationally and continues to be an inspiration for all whom read it.
  • 15. References:
    • Wuest, R. (2001). The story of Sadako Sasaki and the thousand paper cranes. Retrieved 11 April, 2010, from
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