Say no to war, give peace a chance- This was the sentiment underscored in today’s special assembly. The children of Staford School observed Hiroshima Day here on Wednesday 6th of August 2014 through a presentation denouncing intolerance and promoting communal harmony, friendship and fraternity.
Maliha Fatima, student of class 7, recounted the events of the most tragic day in the history of human civilization to remind children how overzealous political powers can disrupt peace and shame humanity with their brazen acts. Umama Junaid of the same class shed light on production of nuclear bombs and how these weapons of destruction are capable of ending civilization and complex life on the planet, while Nausheen Noor Zaidi spoke about the ghastly after effects of the attack.
The children presented a dramatized version of a Japanese story depicting the pathos of the event and the resilience of the people of Hiroshima-The Story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. This narrative also unraveled the origin and significance of the Japanese tradition of folding paper cranes for peace.
Holding candles, the children paid homage to those who had lost their lives in Hiroshima in the nuclear bomb attack, in 1945 and dedicated the day to them. Each child sent up a prayer through the hymn “Make me a channel of your peace”.
It is pertinent to realize that peace is not merely the absence of war but a state of mind brought about by introspection, self-discipline and acceptance.