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Survivors: Witnesses of Nanjing Massacre

2016-12-12 07:29:09 (Beijing Time)         English.news.cn

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Ma Xiuying (R) and her daughter-in-law pose for photos in front of the wailing wall at the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu Province, June 17, 2016. Ma Xiuying, born in 1922, survived by escaping to a refugee zone with her mother during the invasion of Japanese troops in 1937. Japanese troops occupied eastern China's Nanjing on Dec. 13, 1937, and began a six-week massacre. Chinese records show more than 300,000 people -- not only disarmed soldiers but also civilians -- were brutally murdered and thousands of women raped. In the past 79 years, the number of survivors decreases. After Zhang Fuzhi, 89, passed away on Nov. 26, 2016, the number of the registered survivors reduced to 108. With hurt that are unable to heal and tragic memory of suffering, survivors are the witnesses of the massacre. (Xinhua/Han Yuqing)