July 22, 2001 |
Ten years ago, a frail 67-year-old South Korean woman broke half a century of silence and publicly spoke of her torment as a sex slave for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. Hak Soon Kim told how she and countless other impoverished Asian girls and women were snatched from their homes to serve Japanese soldiers, who beat and raped them.
February 7, 2001 |
We will never see their faces, hear their cries or know their names. But Japanese journalist Yayori Matsui is among activists determined to keep the memories of 200,000 murdered girls alive. And to change the attitudes that made possible the tragedy of their brief lives and brutal deaths during World War II. Matsui, chairwoman of the Violence Against Women in War Network in Japan and a chief organizer of the Women's International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan's Military Sexual Slavery (held Dec.
April 10, 1994 |
It's not the memory of her husband's death while defending their home in eastern Bosnia or the 100-mile walk through exploding battlefields that haunts Amira and keeps her from sleeping. Each night, just when the comforting oblivion of slumber is about to engulf her, she hears the heavy thud of Bosnian Serb soldiers' boots and is jolted awake. "They would come in and walk among us, to see who they wanted to take," she recalled recently.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1994 |
Half a century after as many as 200,000 Asian women were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army, a memorial library has been established in Los Angeles' Koreatown to carry on an international campaign to bring justice and reparations for the victims of one of the cruelest chapters in history.
April 28, 1998 |
In the first judgment of its kind, a Japanese court ruled Monday that the government must pay compensation to three South Korean women who were forced to provide sex to Japanese soldiers during World War II. In handing down the ruling, Judge Hideaki Chikashita of the Yamaguchi District Court in southern Japan said that Tokyo had neglected to fulfill its legal duty to repair the anguish suffered by the "comfort women," who were forced to work in brothels for Japan's former Imperial Army.