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April 17, 2007 > Hiroshima Peace Project

Hiroshima Peace Project

From Monday April 16, 2007 to Friday April 20, 2007, the Hiroshima Peace Project Committee, a non-profit student organization at California State University East Bay, will be heading an event to take a stand for world peace. The goal of the event is to raise awareness and peace so the world can avoid the suffering and total devastation that Hiroshima and Nagasaki experienced in the 1945 bombings.

On April 16 starting at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m., the Hiroshima Peace Project will commence with the creation of 1,000 paper cranes and the collection of signatures for the abolition of nuclear weapons. The paper crane creation and signature collection will continue everyday until April 19, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., held outside the University Union.

In those four days, the group hopes to have 1,000 paper cranes made. An old Japanese legend said that anyone who folds a 1,000 paper cranes will please the gods which in return, grants the folder with a wish. This legend became famous through a young Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki. Sadako was only two years old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. In 1955, at age 11, Sadako was practicing for a relay race when she became dizzy and fell to the ground. Sadako was diagnosed with Leukemia. Sadako's best friend told her the legend of the 1,000 paper cranes. Wishing that she would one day run again, Sadako set off to work. Though she died before completing 1,000 cranes, Sadako never gave up and continued to make paper cranes until she died.

After her death, Sadako's friends and family published a collection of letters to raise funds to build a memorial to her and all of the children who died from the Hiroshima bombing. In 1958, a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was unveiled in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. At the foot of the statue is a plaque that reads, "This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world." Everyday, paper cranes from people around the world arrive at the memorial park in the hope for peace. The Hiroshima Peace Project Committee only wishes to live in a world free from nuclear weapons and these cranes help symbolize peace and hope. All paper cranes made will be sent to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

On Friday April 20, 2007 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in University Union Room 311, the Hiroshima Peace Project will close with a panel exhibit, shared experiences by various guest speakers and an open forum. Guest speakers include Dr. Robert Terrell, California State University East Bay Communications Professor, and Jack Dairiki, Hiroshima atomic bombing survivor.

Come to the event curious and leave aware and educated. Join the movement for world peace!

Hiroshima Peace Project

Orizuru Campaign
Monday, April 16 to Thursday, April 19,
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Outside of CSUEB University Union

Hiroshima Peace Project
April 20 Friday
12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
University Union room 311

California State University East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward

Admission: Free

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