2021: Why They Are Still Demanding Justice
"March 8 is International Women’s Day, a day that helps nations celebrate the elimination of discrimination against women.
Listen to Cheryl Diaz Meyer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, as she shares intimate details of and the inspiration
for her recent project with NPR that shines a light on the last living “Comfort Women” of the Philippines.
The “Comfort Women” story was supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Yunghi Kim Grant. To learn more about Diaz Meyer, her work, and future exhibits, visit her website. View her photos and read the NPR article on the last living “Comfort Women” of the Philippines.
Why These World War II Sex Slaves Are Still Demanding Justice
This story contains graphic descriptions of sexual and physical violence.
Narcisa Claveria will turn 89 this year, two days before Christmas. Stepping onto the veranda of the family apartment, shetakes a moment to check on her 92-year-old husband, who eyes visitors with a weary look. The couple lives in the hill townof Antipolo, an hour outside Manila, in the Philippines. Outwardly, she is grandmotherly, sweet and tranquil.
But when memories from 75 years ago are tapped, her mood changes.
Narcisa begins to cry as she thinks back to her childhood in the Philippines during World War II. "If I could prevent the sunfrom setting, I would, because whenever night fell, they would start raping us," she says. She was 12 years old at the time. ...