Remembering Hiroshima – Banning Nuclear Weapons
The project aims to make paper cranes to remember those who were killed by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and express the hope that this will never happen again and highlight the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons – the Ban Treaty – as a way to ensure that.
Folding paper cranes is done in memory of the children killed by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs because of the story of Sadako, a Japanese girl who was just two years old, living in Hiroshima when the atom bomb was dropped. Sadako later developed leukemia and while in hospital heard the legend that anyone who folded 1000 paper cranes would have their wish granted. Wishing for peace Sadako set out to fold One Thousand Paper Cranes before she died aged 12. There is a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane stands in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
The atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 killed 140,000 citizens by the end of the year. Currently each nuclear warhead held by the UK is considered eight times more powerful than the one dropped in Hiroshima. If it is simply multiplied by eight, 1.12 million more than one fifth of the Scottish population would be dead. Later this year it is planned that the British government will renew Trident, the Britain’s nuclear weapons system, costing £182bn. Currently Britain holds four nuclear submarines and 215 nuclear warheads. Faslane, near Glasgow, is home to such nuclear weapons in the UK.
Peace & Justice is an affiliate of the Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. This project is one of the ways we are working to raise awareness of the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (Ban Treaty).
Here’s an explanation on how to pack origami cranes.
Workshops Second Saturday of every month from 2 to 4pm normally at the Peace & Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow. NOTE that the 14 July 2018 Workshop will be at our stall at the Festival of Resistance in the Meadows. Workshops are also held occasionally at other locations.
Organise a Workshop Where You Are
Origami cranes workshop take place on the second Saturday of every month, usually at the Peace and Justice Centre. Look out for the next one in the events section of our facebook page
We are asking people to make Origami Cranes and send them to us to be part of a major exhibition. Post cranes to:
Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre
5 Upper Bow
Edinburgh EH1 2JN