Letter From Taipei

Dying legacy of Taiwan's World War II comfort women

Ongoing efforts to tell stories of women forced into wartime sexual slavery by Japanese troops

Former comfort women posing for a photo at an event hosted by the Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation. According to historians, there were about 2,000 women in Taiwan who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. PHOTO: COURTESY OF TAIPEI WOMEN’S RESCUE FOUNDATION
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TAIPEI - While she was alive, Ms Iyang Apay would never voluntarily speak of the horrible things she went through as a 15-year-old girl living on Taiwan's picturesque east coast.

She turned away groups of volunteers who visited her at her village in Hualien County in the 1990s, fearing that they would expose the secret that she had tucked away for decades.

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