The House of Sharing recently sent me the March newsletter and I wanted to pass along the info:
Lee Dusoon Halmoni passed away from diabetes on March 11, 2010. She was born in Geoje, in South Gyeongsang Province in 1922. At the age of 17, she was lured into a job, thinking that she would be working in a netting factory in China. She was taken to Seoju, China and raped by Japanese soldiers for six years. In June 1945, right before the end of the war, she was finally able to return to her hometown. She bravely registered herself as a former “comfort woman” in 1993 and kept fighting to regain the violated human rights of herself & many other former “comfort women.”
Please, spare five minutes of your time to think of these courageous survivors’ lives both at the “comfort stations” and their decades of suffering after surviving such an ordeal. Please participate in the petition campaigns below to do your part to address this horrendous system of military sexual slavery & prevent it from happening to women both now & in the future.
“Still Waiting” – A radio interview with Yi Ok-seon Halmoni
Yi Okseon is now in her 80s and lives in Seoul, Korea. But when she was fifteen, she was kidnapped by the Japanese army and sent to China to become a sex slave, or “comfort woman”. She tells Jonathan why she still wants a proper apology and what it would mean to her.
Go here for the full interview: http://www.rnw.nl/english/radioshow/kidnapped
Ongoing Petition Campaign
There are several ongoing petition campaigns to the Japanese government, we encourage you to sign them all!
2 Petitions calling for the enactment of legislation to resolve the issues of WWII military sexual slavery by Japan:
• http://www.jca.apc.org/ianfu_ketsugi/1200000.html (English; by Japanese civic groups)
• http://www.womenandwar.net/english/japan_sign_en.php (English; by the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan)
• http://www.womenandwar.net/japan_lawsign.php (Korean; by the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan)
There is another petition to the Japanese government asking for the reconsider the Kono statement. Only a Korean version (for now).
• http://www.womenandwar.net/sndsign.php (Korean; by the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan)