This is a distressing video on the psychological torments and sufferings having gone through by teenage to grown women during the Japanese Occupation in Singapore. It may also be the first footage documenting the existence of "sex slaves". The video is alarming as it shows female "Comfort Women" worrying about their own health and lives. This is surely one of the most traumatizing experiences for teenage to grown women, and it shows the amount of psychological pain inflicted on the victims during the Japanese Occupation.
This is a pictorial source which shows 3 teenage boys starving until their ribcages could be seen, with a serious and concerned look on their faces. I chose this source as it shows the extent of hunger the teens and adults have to bear with. With the lack of nutrition and wearable clothes, it leaves people with undaunting doubt and caused many to become deprived and prone to illnesses that could very much kill them. It shows that people had to live their lives in vain, fear and worry, never knowing what will happen to them or when their next meal would be.
This source is from an interview with Mrs. Esne Woodford, who was a teenager during the Japanese Occupation. I chose this source as the interview touches on Mrs. Esne's experiences growing up in Singapore before and during the Japanese Occupation. The transcript provides information on how she kept an open mind in the midst of chaos, and how concerned her father and others were, afraid for themselves and for girls that were unprotected from prowling Japanese Soldiers, and how fearful and traumatizing it was to lose her brother when they were both still just teens.
This is a pictorial source taken during the Japanese Occupation, featuring a father and a daughter having a simple meal of porridge and nuts in a destroyed house. I chose this source as it shows how devastating it was for teens and families to have suddenly switch to limited resources during the Japanese Occupation. It is really sad that the teenage girl and her aged father had to live in a broken down house, devastating environment, and had to wear dirty and ragged clothes. This shows that the Japanese Occupation did bring a lot of physical and mental suffering to people.