Thursday, August 15, 2013

Comic Book to Tell Story of WWII Sex Slaves


The government is commissioning a comic book about women forced to serve as sex slaves for the Japanese army in World War II and enter it to the Angoulême International Comics Festival, which takes place in January next year in France.

Minister of Gender Equality and Family Cho Yoon-sun on Tuesday said, "We decided to make a cartoon to raise global awareness of the issue and to enlist the help of the international community in urging Japan to resolve it."

The ministry wants to commission a 100-page comic book and some 50 short cartoons by November from the Korea Cartoonist Association. These will document the life of victims from their youth, showing the readers what their childhood was like, how they were forced into sexual slavery, and how they lived with the aftermath.

The Angoulême International Comics Festival, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year, is the world's biggest cartoon and comics festival. Last year, over 200,000 people attended including 1,200 cartoonists and 7,000 others from the industry.

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