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The Childrens Peace Monument in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park which commemorates

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The Childrens Peace Monument in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park which commemorates

The Childrens Peace Monument in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park which commemorates the children who died as a result of the 1dropping of the first atomic bomb on the city in 1945.The bomb known as " Little Boy" exploded with the force of thirteen kilotons of tnt. At the time of the bombing, Hiroshima was home to 280, 000-290, 000 civilians as well as 43, 000 soldiers. Between 90, 000 and 166, 000 people are believed to have died from the bomb in the four-month period following the explosion. The Childrens Peace Monument was inspired by Sasaki Sadako who was exposed to radiation at the age of two when the city was bombed. A decade later, she was diagnosed with leukemia and died after an eight-month battle with the disease. Based on a traditional Japanese belief, Sadako thought that if she folded 1, 000 origami cranes she would recover; she ultimately made more than 1, 300, often using the paper wrappings from her medicine. On hearing of her death her shocked elementary school classmates wanted to build a statue for all the children who died as a result of the atomic bombing, and schools across Japan began to raising money. On May 5, 1958 (Children Day), the statue was completed. Schoolchildren often bring folded cranes with them on trips to the monument today. 1st December 1974

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This poignant print captures the solemn beauty of The Children's Peace Monument in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Standing tall and serene, this monument serves as a powerful reminder of the innocent lives lost during the devastating atomic bombing in 1945. The bomb, ominously named "Little Boy" unleashed unimaginable destruction with its thirteen kilotons of TNT force. In a city that was home to hundreds of thousands of civilians and soldiers, between 90,000 and 166,000 people are believed to have perished within four months following the explosion. Inspired by Sasaki Sadako, a young girl who fell victim to radiation exposure at just two years old and later succumbed to leukemia, The Children's Peace Monument holds deep significance. Sadako believed that folding one thousand origami cranes would grant her recovery; she surpassed that number with over 1,300 cranes made from medicine wrappings. Moved by Sadako's story and devastated by their classmate's death, elementary school students rallied together to build this statue honoring all children affected by the atomic bombing. With unwavering determination and support from schools across Japan raising funds for its creation, The Children's Peace Monument was unveiled on May 5th, 1958 – fittingly observed as Children's Day. To this day, visitors pay tribute to these innocent souls by bringing folded cranes when visiting the monument. This photograph preserves not only a historical moment but also serves as a symbol of hope for peace amidst humanity's darkest times.

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