The Last Witness: 'I just want an apology before I die'
2017-12-13 14:38:00

Yang Cuiying, 93, was in a refugee camp in Nanjing when Japanese troops stormed the city. Four of her family members were killed in front of her eyes, including her two-year-old baby brother.

Here’s her account:

"I'm 93 years old. Back then, I was only 12 years old. My father was only in his thirties when the Japanese killed him. He was a farmer.

On December 13, 1937, Japanese soldiers started the mass killing. In August, Japanese planes had already started bombing our city. The bombing lasted for four months. That’s when the troops stormed Nanjing.

Back then, Nanjing was the capital of China. That was why they killed so heavily.

Chiang Kai-Shek was the leader. He realized the situation was out of control, so he moved the capital to Chongqing. Government workers and their family members also moved to Chongqing. Those who had money all fled.

Us poor families didn't have the money to escape, so we gathered in refugee camps. Each room would house many families. We didn’t bring anything but blankets, since December was cold.

Weren't they bad, the Japanese? On December 13, 1937, they killed in droves in the refugee camps. Some they shot to death, some they stabbed to death with bayonets. And long guns and bayonets they were.

That was what they killed my father with."

Source:CGTN Editor:Hiram