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After 27-year-old Brazilian Marianna Teixeira moved to Berlin, she started writing letters to her grandmother in Alagoas. A er she found out how happy her grand- mother was to receive her letters, she realized that a positive message could really help make someone’s day bet- ter. So Marianna created a project called 1000forpeace to deliver peace messages around the world. The idea is to write 1000 positive messages and mail several cranes by post, so they can be hung around the world. The project is based on a Japanese legend that says that by folding 1000 origami cranes with a wish in mind, people can make their wish come true. Cranes are already hanging in 29 countries such as Brazil, South Africa, China, England, Italy, the Netherlands, Mozambique, the United States, Canada and the United Arab Emirates. You can fold them at home or at school.
The crane is a bird that is indigenous to Japan. Nobody knows when the legend originated in Japan. According to the legend, if peo- ple fold 1000 origami cranes, their wish will come true. The legend became known around the world because of a girl called Sadako Sasaki. Sadako was born in Hiroshima and was just two years old when the Americans dropped the atomic bomb there. When she was 12, Sadako found out she had leukemia, an illness that killed many children who were exposed to the bomb. Sadako decided to fold 1000 cranes with the hope that she would be cured. When she realized her disease was very serious, she continued to fold cranes wishing peace for humanity, so that children would not su er anymore because of war. She died after folding 644 cranes. Her classmates folded the rest of the cranes until there were 1000. In 1958, the Chil- dren’s Peace Monument was built in Hiroshima. The monument is in Peace Park. The message Sadako le is for all children to fight for a better world, one without wars.
1. What is the objective of Marianna’s letters?
2. Which historical event caused Sadako’s disease?
3. How many cranes did Sadako’s classmates have to fold a er she passed away?