Seaford club hears of atom bomb after effects from Japanese visitor

Rotary Club of Seaford
Rotary Club of Seaford

A Japanese exchange student with an interest in world peace enthralled members of the Rotary Club of Seaford.

Ayumi Watanaba hails from Nagasaki, which along with Hiroshima suffered the terrible effects of the atom bomb during the Second World War in 1945.

Ayumi made a presentation about herself and her studies, accompanied by Mandy Davis, president elect of Seaford Martello Rotary Club, which is sponsoring Ayumi for her year.

She is studying at the University of Sussex in the area of peace building for an MA in Conflict, Security and Development.

Ayumi told of the paper crane and the ancient art of paper folding. The paper crane is a symbol for peace epitomised by the experiences of Sadako Sasaki, who became ill at the age of 12 in 1955 as a result of the atomic attacks. She spent her time folding origami paper cranes in the hope of making a thousand of them, inspired by the Japanese legend that she would be granted a wish.