Indonesia: Comfort Women by Jan Banning

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Sanikem (born 1926) was one of tens of thousands of 'comfort women' forced into prostitution by the Japanese military during World War II..Immediately after her marriage, Sanikem was picked up from the side of the road by Japanese servicemen, taken to a tent camp in the city and raped on a daily basis for months. During the day, she had to help in the soup kitchen cleaning vegetables. After work, she was raped in the adjoining fields or in a tent, where other forced labourers, both men and women, also slept. No one stopped the soldiers for fear of a beating. "The black paint of my bride's decoration was still on my forehead when I was raped for the first time by a Japanese serviceman. I saw him enter the tent. I trembled with fear and was rolled up all the way in my sleeping mat and had to cry terribly." To no avail. "They kept on coming, I was stuck and was afraid they would shoot me to death." Returning home after the war, it turned out there already had been a funeral service for her. "I immediately told my parents and my husband, too. 'You don't have to stay with me,' I told him, 'I've been raped.' But praise the Lord, he took me back defiled, even though I had been taken away intact. Fortunately, I was still able to have children. Now I can thoroughly enjoy my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I don't want to think about the past, which I have buried under good memories.".