Man’s inhumanity to women is starkly depicted in the statue of the Comfort Women, violated by Japanese troops in WWII. The women’s sense of having been shamed beyond belief, on top of the pain and anguish suffered, forced a good number of them to take their own lives, while others simply lost it to insanity. Some survived to tell their grim stories, all to no avail: Japan refused to listen, let alone acknowledge their existence.

There is no taking away from the fact that Japanese inhumanity, beyond the savagery inflicted on the Comfort Women, also led to the killings — some set to the torch, babies thrown in the air and impaled on bayonets, others shot or also bayoneted, slashed with swords, beheaded, all killed in unbelievable forms, while others died from stray shells.

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