Sadako Sasaki was two years old when she was exposed to the radiation of the atomic bomb. She grew up normally then developed leukemia and died at the age of 12. Before dying she folded 1000 paper cranes, thinking that this would make her heal. Moved by her death, the local authorities of Hiroshima set up a monument to commemorate all children who died as a consequence of the atomic bomb explosion. School classes in Japan regularly visit the monument and deposit chains of paper cranes at the site.
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