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Wars are far from over
August 15th is the day the Japanese surrendered in 1945.
Surrender of Japan
Please check out Tatsuo Ichikawa's Words to Live by on what the Great East Asia War , as WWII is called in Japan, was like, felt like for a 5-year-old boy. He told me that his father, who was a teacher in Kyushu, had a working radio and the neighbors all gathered at their home to hear the Emperor read the Imperial Rescript on the Termination of the War:
Emperor Hirohito of Japan reads the Imperial Transcript on the Termination of the War, 1945.8.15.
One war over, many more keep going on. Today I was watching CNN and saw
Anderson Cooper's report on the war in the Congo.
Shocking, awful, unforgivable crimes committed against women and girls as young as 3 years old.
CNN article on Hilary Clinton's visit to war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo
" The Congo conflict has involved several countries and resulted in an estimated 5 million deaths from fighting and collateral problems such as disease and starvation."
War Against Women
"Women get raped in wars all the time. How is it different here?" Cooper asks.
"I think what's different in Congo is the scale and the systematic nature of it, indeed, as well, the brutality. This is not rape because soldiers have got bored and have nothing to do. It is a way to ensure that communities accept the power and authority of that particular armed group. This is about showing terror. This is about using it as a weapon of war," she explains.

In some villages as many as 90 percent of the women have been raped; men in the villages are usually unarmed, and incapable of fighting back.

"When they take a woman to rape her, they'll line up the family, they'll line up other members of the communities to actually witness that," Registre says. "They make them watch. And so, what that means for that particular woman when it's all over, is that total shame, personally, to have been witnessed by so many people as she's being violated. "

I can't stop thinking of their suffering. While my "problem" is how not to eat another piece of delicious chocolate or what nail color to pick, these girls and women can not control their bodily functions because they were gang raped and had knives and guns inserted into their vaginas and butts. I feel shame for my daily silliness, my complaints about small things, my worry over nothing.
It happens in the US, also:
BBC article: Outcry over disowned US rape girl

I feel powerless, not sure how to help these women and girls.
On August 15th I always go to Yasukuni Shrine to pray for those who died in Japan's wars. 2.46 million souls are enshrined at Yasukuni Shrine. May they all rest in peace. Of course, I pray for everyone who died or are dying in wars around the world,for those who are hurt and are suffering, and for those of us who are lucky to live such privileged lives.
Thank you for giving us peace here and please give us more power and perseverance to help those who are suffering. Please show us the way to help them more effectively.
JK


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