Our peace crane ornament is hand-carved from soapstone and then dyed in bright, eye-catching colors. A fair-trade product of Kenya, the crane measures approximately 2 inches does not come strung.
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The following is the inspiration behind our new peace cranes:
Sadako Sasaki was a Japanese girl living in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan (August 6, 1945). In 1955, at age 11, Sadako was diagnosed with leukemia, a type of cancer caused by the atomic bomb.
While in the hospital, Sadako started to fold paper cranes. There is a belief that if you fold 1000 paper cranes, your wish will come true. Sadako spent 14 months in the hospital, folding paper cranes with whatever paper she could get. Paper was scarce so she used the paper from medicine bottles, candy wrappers, and left over gift-wrap paper. Her wish was that she would get well again, and that the victims of the world would attain peace & healing.
Sadako died on October 25, 1955. She was 12 years old and had folded over 1300 paper cranes. Sadako's friends and classmates raised money to build a memorial in honor of Sadako and other atomic bomb victims. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial was completed in 1958 and has a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane. At the base is a plaque that says:
This is our cry.
This is our prayer.
Peace in the world.