In front of the Embassy of Japan in Jongno-gu, a group of women gathers every Wednesday.
About 200,000 Joseon girls were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army when they were still in their teens. We call them "comfort women."
Now, the young Joseon girls are white-haired women who gather in front of the Embassy of Japan every Wednesday. For the past 21 years, the Wednesday rally has been demanding an apology and a compensation from the Japanese government with the help of the civilians and international support.
Huruyashi Aya has been participating in the rally for 7 years.
She visits Lee Yong-su in Daegu and listens to her painful story.
Comfort women survivors are now fighting to bring their story under the global attention. Lee Yong-su and Kim Bok-dong visit Washington for the fifth anniversary of the Comfort Women Resolution that was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 30, 2007. It was one of the significant steps taken by the U.S. to resolve the comfort women issue. In 2010, the Palisades Park in New Jersey even set up a memorial for the comfort women and recently, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that the euphemism "comfort women" should be replaced with "enforced sex slaves."
The comfort women issue is a violation of women's right that has shocked and angered not only the countries involved but also the whole global community.
Japanese women who are publicly apologizing to the abused women.
Tom Rainy Smith, a docent from New Zealand who works at a museum that keeps a record of the history of comfort women.
Sato Yukie, a Japanese singer who heard about comfort women from his father who fought in WW2.
Tammy Chu, who is sending a message to the world with her documentary on comfort women.
Why are they sharing the pains of the comfort women and crying out to the international community?
There are 234 comfort women recorded in the official file.
Only 60 survivors remain as of 2012.
Time is running out for them.
Their voices have been ringing for too long. We look for a light of hope and a global response.