Thursday, December 6, 2012
Sadako Paper Cranes
For my Blogger class today I'm writing about Sadako. Sadako was a young Japanese girl at the time of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Nuclear Bombings in WWII, she survived past the time of the bomb. She appeared fine until she was eleven running in a race, she was a very good runner. But she appeared white and unhealthy. Just weeks after she was found to have irregular lumps in her lungs, and was diagnosed with leukemia, a cancer of the bone marrow caused primarily by radiation. She was told a legend of one thousand paper cranes in which if she told one thousand paper cranes a wish it would be granted. It's said she folded 644 paper cranes, and her school did the other 356. Regardless, of what happened though she later died of her leukemia. This is a very sad story, and it really shows the long term effect nuclear war has had the one time it happened. Sadako was not a target in Japan during WWII, but she paid the price- not even as a accidental casualty from a stray bullet, due to excessive force and "research." Stories like this should be well known and I hope they help prevent any more nuclear war.