She was locked into a room where she was raped by countless of soldiers daily. She was locked up for 20+ days. She was punched and kicked when she did not comply with the soldier’s orders. Her face was slapped countless of times in the period of time of her arrest. There were guards at the door and around the comfort station to prevent her from escaping.
Her family sold valuables and borrowed from friends and relatives to trade her back. She was finally free after violent treatment of the soldiers. She fell ill but she was not allowed for treatment at her husband’s household. They all avoided her since she was considered a “dirty” woman for having satisfied soldiers at the comfort station. Suffering from isolation at her in-laws and her illness, she decided to return to her father’s house for awhile to recover. She was suffering from gynecologic problems which will continue to affect her life even up to today.
She slowly recovered after 2 years at her father’s house. Since she was a married woman, she needed to return to her husband’s sooner or later. However, when she arrived, she found out that her husband was suffering from PTSD. His father hired a doctor to cure him from the trauma. However, his hand would not stop shivering, and he cannot even feed himself, let alone working to support the family. Ever since she married a husband younger than her, she had been bearing the responsibilities of house chores and labor at her in laws. Even if she was sick from the treatment at the comfort station, she decided to swallow her pain and press on.
Her father in-law soon passed away, and her mother in-law remarried taking all the valuables with her. The young couple lived in a naked house with nothing to live on besides her father and relatives’ support. She also had to do most of the family chores in order to support her family.
Her sufferings were caused mostly from the Japanese soldiers. In 1998, she arrived in Tokyo hoping to sue Japan for her lost. However, they ruled against compensating her as a victim.
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