This is a bit late in “reporting” but about two weeks before February 23rd, Lee Jeom-rae Halmoni passed away at the age of 89 because of a brain hemorrage. Here’s the e-mail I received from the House of Sharing:
We received some very sad news today from the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan.
Lee Jeom-rae Halmoni, 89, passed away two weeks ago from a brain hemorrhage. She born in 1921 in Iksan, in North Jeolla Province. When she was only 14 years old, she was forced to serve as a sex slave for Japanese soldiers in China and Singapore for 6 years. She was finally able to return to Korea in 1941.
There are now only 86 living victims of sexual slavery during World War II that are registered with the South Korean government. Time is running out for the halmoni.
Please visit the event page below to sign 2 petitions calling on the Japanese government to meet the halmoni’s demands for justice. Spread the word, tell all your friends to do the same!http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=230459426755
Direct links to English versions of the petitions:
http://www.jca.apc.org/ianfu_ketsugi/1200000.html (by Japanese civic groups, English version)
http://www.womenandwar.net/english/japan_sign_en.php (by the Korean Council, English version)