The term of 'Juju (重重)' signifies 'being piled up one upon another', and it is used in the situations of both the survived 'Comfort Women' and our tasks to deal with their related issues stage by stage.
Its director, Ahn Sehong, met those suffering human beings (mostly in their 80s-90s) whose sorrow was 'piled up one upon another' for more than 70 years in the deep furrow of their wrinkles. All of the matters from the past to the present came up to us, becoming grudge that got unravelled one over another. Everything has its seed! In this sense, the more people participate, the more the significance of the proceeding 'juju' will be great.
The Juju Project is the photograph exhibition of the living comfort women that we all are making together. Each voice in ours can get stronger and stronger, and this is able to pay off their old grudges and recovery of their human rights. We appeal to you to support this Project in order to receive a sincere apology from the Japanese government as soon as possible, while a few comfort women are still alive.
About 80 years ago, Korean young women were abducted from their home across the country, and they were taken into the trains to China, trembling for fear at gunpoint of the Japanese military. A few days later they were thrown into the vast remote place and then loaded into the military trucks to Manchuria. Finally they were incarcerated in military 'Comfort Stations' of the front lines in Wunnam in China and areas on the Pacific. Then the girls were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military under such violent circumstances. Most of them were not able to return home and had to stay in China after the end of the war in 1945.
Since then most survivors were left infertile due to sexual trauma and have been still living in unwanted places, while many of comfort women died, enshrining the scars on their horrible experiences. This situation is not just confined to the Korean surviving 'Comfort Women', but there are more counterparts in Taiwan, China, the Philippines, Indonesian throughout Japan's occupied territories. Due to simply powerless women at the time, they were forced to live in a considerable pain, concealing their voices from the historical truth with which they have so far been living. But the offender - the Japanese government has simply accused those victims of prostitutes, not only denying their commitment of war crimes, but distorting the historical facts contained in their historical documents, thus infringing upon their human rights again.
There are not many such women left. The problem of such comfort women is no longer the matter of the past. It is the issue of struggles and human rights for the women who still need immense supports from the public.