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Received 22nd Oct 2012
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In Japan it has long been believed that folding 1,000 paper cranes will make your wish come true. 10 years after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a 12 year old girl called Sadako Sasaki fell ill with leukaemia but Sadako believed that if she made 1,000 paper cranes she would be cured of the disease. Using the paper that her medicine was supplied in, Sadako actually folded just 644 paper cranes until unfortunately her wish was unfulfilled and she died on October 25th 1955. Her classmates responded by forming a group which called for support in building a monument to peace – a place where people could remember the children who died due to the bombing. Donations from various sources enabled The Childrens Peace Monument to be completed and the statue of Sadako was unveiled on May 5 1958.