Indonesia: Comfort Women by Jan Banning

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Iyoh (born 1924) was one of tens of thousands of 'comfort women' forced into prostitution by the Japanese military during World War II..Iyoh worked as a cleaning lady in a Japanese household. A member of the Japanese military, who was a steady visitor there, regularly assaulted the female personnel. He entered Iyoh's room regularly, too, and raped her so brutally that she sustained internal injuries. She decided to run and hid in a nearby factory barracks, where girlfriends nursed her. "I didn't dare go home. I was afraid that my dad would find out I was raped. I didn't want that." Fairly soon after the war she married the love of her life. "He was my cousin, I had become pregnant by him, we loved each other." They had 11 children together, seven of whom are still alive. "My children take care of me since my husband died. I've had to work hard enough in the past." She never talks about the war anymore, not even with her old girlfriends from the factory.