Two girls of Noor Nagar, Adeeba Saifi (16) and Farhana (19) have grabbed headlines with their stories being published in several national dailies for exhibiting their work on the life of Sadako Sasaki and various other Japanese people who lost their dear ones and belongings in the Nagasaki-Hiroshima bombing war against America.
Armed with origami paper cranes, they proudly presented the story of several people who lost their life to radiation caused by the 1945 atomic bombings.
Coming from a financially weak background, Adeeba pursued her passion for painting and secured a scholarship. During her one year course, Adeeba, whose brother works at construction sites, was introduced to the legend. Her works were appreciated by the audience when they were displayed at the Japan Foundation on August 9 to mark the 71st anniversary of the attack on Japanese soil.
Aseem Asha Usman, founder of Aseem Asha Foundation, who for years has been working for the underprivileged children in Jamia Nagar, said: “Sadako has since become a symbol of peace. We have trained hundreds of MCD school students in Najafgarh along with the NGO Apne Aap Women Worldwide in making origami (Japanese paper folding technique) paper cranes. The 1,000 cranes made by them will be put on display at the Japan Foundation in the run-up to the anniversary.”
Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl was diagnosed with leukemia following exposure to radiation caused by the nuclear bombings at Hiroshima. It was her wish to fold 1,000 paper cranes to avert her death. But she could only make 614 cranes and passed away at the age of 12.