Hiroshima Peace Memorial Day: On the 6th of August 1945 at the peak of the second world war, an American B-29 bomber dropped the first deployed atomic bomb on the City of Hiroshima Japan. The cataclysmic explosion immediately killed an estimated 80,000 people.
Tens of thousands would later die of radiation caused by the bombing. One of the children that died of the later changed history by using paper Cranes to send a universal message of peace to the world using paper Cranes, her name, Sadako Sasaki.
She died on 25th October 1955 at age 12. Every August the 6th was chosen henceforth to remember the ones that paid the ultimate price and emphasis the importance of World peace and “No to nuclear weapons or warfare” ever. If you saw the video on Beruit that made the rounds this week, that’s just a fraction of the gargantuan destruction that happened this day in 1945 in the City of Hiroshima.
It is also an opportunity to lend our voices using the peace crane to the incessant killings and ethnic cleansing that has been going on in Nigeria. Thousands have been killed and are maimed by Boko Haram in the North East and the Fulani Herdsmen in Southern Kaduna. This has to stop. We have to embrace peace and that’s the only way we can live and fulfill the potentials of our country Nigeria. “私はあなたの翼に平和を書き、あなたは世界中を飛びます” meaning “I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world”- Sadako Sasaki(7 Jan. 1943- 25th Oct. 1955).
As folders from Nigeria, we join millions of people all over the world to commemorate and observe the Hiroshima Peace day. “What we do in life, echoes in eternity”- Gen. Maximus Decimus Meridius. Don’t blink, we folded it!