My students wrote some of their favorite sentences after they read a prayer for peace by a Native American woman whose name is Marilyn Youngbird, a descendant of Lakota People. I am going to attach a file of the prayer, too. I might have talked about it. I happened to find it in a book about wisdom of Native Americans in a city library after I started this project of exchanging peace messages. I thought it is wonderful to thank everything and to hope for peace. Some students translated the explanation about the pictures drawn by the survivors of the atomic bombs and added their messages about peace and a picture. The black and white pictures right after the color ones are the pictures the student explained about.

Have you checked the website of Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima? Look in the top right for the ENGLISH button.

If you click the icon of the Main Building with its photo, you can find the words,
"A-bomb survivors' drawings" and by clicking the words, you can see the drawings.
I know Japanese army did many kinds of cruel deeds in war. So I don't mean to blame only American people by introducing the facts about the atomic bomb. I just would like to share the fact about what can happen if we use nuclear weapons again in order to prevent such inhumane massacre.

The website of Peace Memorial Museum also has Kids Peace Station and one of the pages in it shows many pictures to pray for peace painted by many students. Would you take a look at "Children's Peace Drawings Competition"? They are great as artworks and have strong impact to let us think about peace.

I recommend The Sadako Story 21 in the Kids Peace Station, too. It is a kind of cartoon to motivate children to learn more about peace and take action to create peace.

Akamatsu Atsuko
Takamori High School

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