Jan Banning

Saumlaki, Tanimbar, South Molucc, INDONESIA

Rosa (born 1929) was one of tens of thousands of 'comfort women' forced into prostitution by the Japanese military during World War II.
During the war, Rosa deliberately got pregnant because her friend wanted to marry her rather than the girl arranged for him. The village chief, who had arranged the marriage partner for Rosa's friend, sent Rosa to a Japanese brothel in the city. There, already several months pregnant, she was forced into prostitution. At the end of her pregnancy, she returned to her village, where the baby died soon after birth. Her friend blew off his arranged marriage and married her after all. That saved her honour. After the war, the village kept quiet about the whole affair. "That is our secret. They felt compassion for me because they knew I had been forced. We never told the children anything - I am too ashamed for that. Even though there's nothing I could do about it."

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Jan Banning
Saumlaki, Tanimbar, South Molucc
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