Comfort Women Essay

879 Words4 Pages
The comfort women of Asia have been silent for decades. The wartime tragedy of the Second World War is not spoken of very much for its vulgarity. As Choi Chung Moo says, “Silence impregnates violence.” The matter shouldn’t be pushed away but talked about to prevent future misfortunes. History can have the tendency to repeat itself. Learning from history isn’t something we as people have done. Slavery has been passed down generations in different parts of the world. Libyan slave trade is growing and becoming normalized in that nation of Africa. Child labor is still an issue. There is so much we still need to acknowledge and learn to better ourselves as a planet. The women of World War II are more than the American nurses, and factory workers. Comfort women were a major learning moment in history. While many claim…show more content…
They are the ianfu. They are filled with history, and listening is the first step in the process of healing the world. Lee Ok Seon’s story started when she was kidnapped off the streets of Busan at the age of 14. Lee said, “When the war was over, others were set free, but not me.” She felt as if she couldn’t go home and face her parents, so she resided in China and married a widower with kids. Due to contracting Syphilis while in the war, her uterus had to be removed. Ms. Lee also talked about her contemplation with suicide. About two-thirds of the comfort women committed suicide. The stories of non-Korean women are more lonesome with interest. It seemed as if they have been forgotten. Prescilla Bartonico, a native Filipina, was 17 when she was caught along with her younger cousin. The soldiers intruded their family home then raped both of them in front of family and friends. Soon after, they killed her young cousin for rebelling. Bartonico claimed that during the day she was forced to clean up the landing, and service at night. Their stories are only a few of
Open Document