Sa halip na kilalanin bilang opisyal na ginawa ng pamahalaan noong digmaan at humingi ng tawad sa pang-aabuso, ang ginawa ng mga Hapon ay magtatag ng AWF o Asian Women’s Fund na isang pribadong pondo para sa pantulong sa mga comfort women. Marami pang kakulangan sa pagkilala sa mga naranasan ng mga comfort women. Binubura ang kanilang mga alaala sa bawat mga opisyal na pagtanggi ng kanilang pag-iral. Maraming bayan, lalo na sa Hapon, ang hindi nakapaloob ang karanasan ng mga comfort women bilang bahagi ng pagtalakay sa kasaysayan.
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“They dragged us to the garrisons, made us do their laundry, ordered us to cook and iron their clothes and when the night fell, several Japanese soldiers took turns raping us. They were vicious during the war and they needed women for their recreation. They treated us as sexual slaves.”
“The comfort woman statue supposedly serves as a reminder to future generations of Japan’s atrocities and abuses against Filipino women during the Second World War, and women’s historical victimization in times of wars of aggression.”
A 91 year-old veteran recalls the horrors of war and laments the insensitivity of the current administration to the plight of veterans. BY ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 10, April 13-19, 2008 BAGUIO CITY (246 kms from Manila) – While veterans of World War II (WWII) in this highland…