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South Korean ex-comfort woman writes memoir

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 - 01:31

Jan. 15 - One of the few remaining survivors in South Korea of Japan's wartime sexual slavery writes a memoir. U-Jean Jung reports.

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At 96, Kim Bok-deuk is the oldest of South Korea's surviving 'comfort women' who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army in World War II. She says she was taken away by Japanese soldiers when she was just 22. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) KIM BOK-DEUK, FORMER COMFORT WOMAN, SAYING: "My mother thought I went to my aunt's house. Nobody knew where I'd gone." She was shipped to war front brothels in China then to the Philippines, where she says she was forced to serve 10 men each night, sometimes more, for six years. Song Do-ja, who's been looking after Kim for 12 years, says it took a while for Kim to open up to the idea of telling her story. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SONG DO-JA, HEAD OF TONGYEONG & GEOJE CITIZENS' COMMUNITY WITH THE VICTIMS OF MILITARY SEXUAL SLAVERY BY JAPAN, SAYING: "Writing this book was possible because Kim realized it is not her who should be ashamed, but the Japanese government. Because Japan was to blame, and not her.." The memoir, entitled "Do Not Forget Me" has now been released in English and Chinese. There are only 56 former comfort women alive in South Korea today. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) KIM BOK-DEUK, FORMER COMFORT WOMAN, SAYING: "When I am born again, my biggest wish is to be born a girl, get married and to have a child of my own." This January marked the 22nd year victims and their supporters have protested outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul, demanding an apology. Japan said the issue has already been resolved.

South Korean ex-comfort woman writes memoir

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 - 01:31

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