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Comfort women: Scars have not been healed

2015-08-13 17:58

By (chinadaily.com.cn)

Comfort women: Scars have not been healed

"Comfort women" is the Japanese euphemism for women who were forced into prostitution and sexually abused at Japanese military brothels before and during World War II.

As the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two approaches, South Korean photographer Kim Kyung-Hoon visited surviving former "comfort women" in China and South Korea. The long years have not been able to heal their scars, both mental and physical.

After many years, evidence of this tragic experience is no longer visible. Instead, he saw women suffering physically and socially in desperate financial circumstances. With little or no support other than from their families, these women seem to be silently fading away into history.

For all of the ageing survivors there is little time left for them to get the apology and compensation they want from Japan.

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