Sadako Sasaki’s nephew has joined the Youth Conference for Peace

On September 27, another teleconference was held within the frame of the International Youth Conference for Peace in the Future 2020 – from now on, such events will be held once a month until the forum’s “live” edition in 2021. It united in Zoom 40 people from 9 countries.

The chair of the “Russia – Japan” Society in Volgograd Elena Samigulina spoke about a drawing and essay competition she had organized earlier to entice her students to think about historical memory and peace cementing. More than 20 Volgograd students submitted their entries – and some of them were even writing in Japanese.

Head of the “Satori” students club of Japanese culture Sergey Babenko shared a thoroughly written article about the history of the twinning movement, in which he cited the links between Volgograd and Hiroshima as an example.

Bangkok, Daegu, Chengdu, Grigny, Hannover, Hiroshima, Muntinlupa, Saint Petersburg, Tehran and Volgograd explained and showed on which internet platforms they had managed to embed and share, a peace-themed video flashmob recorded earlier. Among such there were their Cities’ official websites, museums and universities, and personal pages in social networks. The overall number of views went well over 3,600.

As our Japanese friends announced, the flashmob video caught the eye of Yoji Sasaki – a nephew of the Sadako Sasaki, whose death if the radiation illness and belief in the magical power of 1,000 paper cranes are now well-known all over the world. Having received a high dose of radiation in her infant days, Sadako became leukemic at 11. A that time, the life expectancy of such patients was less than a year. One could only hope for a miracle – which, according to a popular Japanese belief, could happen if one folded a thousand of paper cranes. Sadako dedicated all her efforts to this task, but did not have enough time. She died after eight months of illness.

It is her story that stands behind the Children Peace Monument in Hiroshima: a statue of a girl holding a paper crane over her head and surrounded by glass showcases filled with paper crane garlands arriving from all over the planet.

Mr. Sasaki is a free time musician and has created several pieces dedicated to peace in the world. After seeing the IYCPF flashmob, he contacted its organizers and asked them to join one of his projects. On the eve of October 25 – the day of Sadako’s death – he will release a new musical message. The IYCPF participants took part in its filming: their photos with paper cranes will be included in the musical video.

The next teleconference will be held on November 22.

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