93-year-old woman calls for no more war
September 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo
At a meeting entitled “Norihide Cafe” held in Adaniya, Kitanakagusuku, Toshie Asato, a 93-year-old survivor of the Battle of Okinawa called for there to be no more war. She lost her four-year-old son Norihide during the war. The women’s peace study group Akebi no kai published a story titled “Norihide” depicting the tragedy that unfolded for the mother and son.
After she read her book and talked about her experiences during the war, the participants discussed peace and war with her.
She lost family members as they walked around desperately in the southern and central part of Okinawa trying to escape from the battle. Looking back at that time, she said, “When I see the moves made by the government, I feel afraid that war will come again. We must never allow that to happen again!”
(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato and Mark Ealey)
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