Indonesia: Comfort Women by Jan Banning

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Umi (born 1930) was one of tens of thousands of 'comfort women' forced into prostitution by the Japanese military during World War II..Umi was 13 when two of her sisters were taken to a brothel by Japanese soldiers. She, too, was taken there after a few months. Her two sisters were abused for five months, until that became impossible because of internal injuries. "My sisters were very pretty. The Japanese lined up for them. They protected me, because I was so young. They would say: 'Leave my little sister alone, just take me.' I was taken, too, but not so badly. I still was able to have children." Umi married at a later age, to a family member because no one else wanted her. She had four children. "My children don't have a clue. Because my sisters didn't want it, I've never told them anything.".