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Survivors: Witnesses of Nanjing Massacre

2016-12-12 07:29:09 (Beijing Time)


Yi Cuilan demonstrates a certificate of survivors of the Nanjing Massacre, Nov. 25, 2016. Yi Cuilan, born on May 6, 1923, survived from the invasion of Japanese troops by pretending to be a boy, seeking asylum from different refugee camps. Although she escaped from death, she suffered from severe pains all these years due to the brutal assault by Japanese invaders. 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/Li Xiang)