Come Back to Me Again, Sadako
This year (August 6 and 9) marks the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Sadako Sasaki was only two when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Ten years later she was diagnosed with leukemia, the “atomic bomb desease.” She died soon after. Sadako was inspired by the Japanese saying that if you fold 1,000 paper cranes, you are granted a wish. Her wish was to get well. She only arrived at 644. Some of the cranes were given to her classmates, while the rest were put in her coffin. In 1956, her mother, Fujiko Sasaki, wrote a moving letter to her. Mrs. Sasaki passed away in 1998, at the age of 80.
Read the letter: Come Back to Me Again, Sadako