Inktober #18 – Hiroshima and Nagasaki


If yesterday’s post was the Ends then today’s is the means. In August, the US airforce dropped two nuclear bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan killing an estimated 129,000 people, bringing to the Japanese government to their knees and leading to their surrender and the end of the war. (I promise these Inktobers will stop being about people dying soon!) It’s the only time a nuclear weapons have been used in warfare and let’s hope it stays that way. For the next 40+ yrs people lived in fear that it might happen again and still to this day we try to limit who has access to these devastating weapons. One of the lovely/saddest stories to come from the bombings was that of Sadako Sasaki. She was 2 when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and died aged 12 from leukemia resulting from radiation exposure. When she was hospitalized she drew hope of recovery from the legend that anyone who made 1000 paper cranes would be granted a wish. During her time in hospital she achieved her task, her father suggesting that by the end she had folded 1300-1400 paper cranes. Unfortunately she didn’t get her wish and she is remembered a symbol of the innocent victims of war to this day.



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