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South Korea's comfort women fight on

South Korea's comfort women fight on




The big events of the world are well  documented  whether it is the battle of stalingrad  the great escape at dunkirk or the  disaster at gallipoli  most of them rave about brave soldiers  and astute strategists  but missing from most of these accounts  of war  are women the world wars turned their  lives  upside down some were shipped off as  nurses to battlefields others became  commodities for enemy states one group  in south korea  encapsulates their pain and suffering  the comfort women young korean girls who  are smuggled to japan for prostitution  80 years on only a handful of them are  alive  but they're still fighting for justice  it's a fight that is at risk of being  forgotten  they were treated like cattle in world  war ii stolen from their homes  forced into brothels in an alien land  more than 80 years later they are  fighting disease  and disillusionment the world recognizes  their plight  but justice still eludes them  historians say 200 000 korean girls and  women  were smuggled during world war ii  sometimes with the promise of jobs  sometimes to pay off a relative's debt  once in japan  they became comfort women translation of  the japanese word  ianfu a euphemism for prostitutes  there are 240 registered survivors from  japan's wartime brothels only 14  are still alive among them is leok sun  the japanese came for her when she was  16.  since then she has only known a life of  pain and trauma  at 91 her only dream is a day of peace  i just wish i could live at peace for  one single day  this is where lee and other comfort  women live today  the house of sharing its manager fears  people will soon forget about these  elderly survivors  that with their death the legal cases  will also disappear  most of the grandmothers were born in  the 1920s and just over a dozen remain  nationwide i'm afraid such accounts will  vanish in the mists of history  when the remaining ones pass away in  2015 japan apologized for the way  comfort women were treated  they also established a 9 million dollar  fund to help the survivors  but three years later seoul shut down  the fund  they said some survivors were overlooked  since then  the matter has been in court back in  january there was some good news  the south korean court ordered the  seizure of japanese government  assets this would pay for japan's  wartime damages  but last week another court quashed this  ruling  like most colonial powers japan got a  pass  tokyo says all colonial claims and  damages have been settled  new claims they say will damage  bilateral relations  but these survivors are not easily  deterred  they plan to fight till the end  i'm determined to not die before i  resolve this  i need to be alive as much as 200 years  to resolve this  the years of abuse and exploitation have  not broken their spirit  they have the evidence they also have  truth in their corner  what they don't have is time.

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