An initiative under the banner of A Thousand Cranes for Peace will be held in Plaza de España in Fuengirola from 11am on Saturday 18 February. Organised by the Youth department at the town hall and teachers' association PLIS, the event calls for youngsters to make Japanese-style origami birds as a symbol of peace to mark one year since the war in Ukraine began.
Débora Barrientos, a representative of the association pointed out that the initiative will be carried out simultaneously in different European towns and cities.
The idea is based on a Japanese legend that claims that if one makes a thousand paper cranes, their greatest wish will come true. This legend is linked to the story of Sadako Sasaki, a victim of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States in 1945.
Sadako, who was two when the bombs were dropped and who died from the effects ten years later, is remembered for making one thousand paper cranes as a symbol of everlasting peace before she died. In 1958, three years after her death, a statue of Sadako was erected in Hiroshima Peace Park, where, today, paper cranes are still deposited as symbol of peace.
“The community of young people from the province wanted to do something in the name of peace, so we invite them all to come along and make a paper crane for peace in Ukraine,” Barrientos said.
“We want to be able to transmit the solidarity that Fuengirola shows to everyone, and so we will all come together to show support for ending once and for all the war between Russia and Ukraine,” councillor José Manuel Martín added.
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