The Horror in Japanese Prisoners of War Camps

Japanese Prisoners of War Camps

Prisoners of war are those who were captured during a war. One of the worst is during World War II because there were so many prisoners of war from both sides were captured. However, the worst one were those who were captured by Japanese. They were captured and placed in Japanese prisoners of war camps with little to no accommodation.

The Japanese camps were in various places including http://206.189.95.172, Taiwan, Japan, and other Japanese occupied countries. They were both military personnel and civilians. They were then forced to work under slave-like condition. Lots of them died due to illness, starvation, and abuse.

Japanese Prisoners of War Camps
Japanese Prisoners of War Camps

It was reported that the death rate in Japanese camps at was so much higher than German or Italian camps. It had 27% of death rate while in German camp, it was 4%. It was already known that the abuse that the prisoners suffered during their time in Japanese camps was the worst in the history. Beating was already common especially when they failed to follow instructions. Various punishments and rules were made by Japanese to suit their liking. That’s why, even the surviving POWs are still traumatized until now. The time in the Japanese camp is said to be ‘in hell’.

There was a case when prisoners tried to escape the Japanese camp. However, they were caught and received punishment.  The punishments of those who tried to escape were varied from one camp to another. In some camps, the punishment was to let the prisoners to starve for days. In other camps, the punishment was harder. Those who got caught trying to escape would be executed in front of other prisoners.

Japanese Prisoners of War Camps
Japanese Prisoners of War Camps

Thousands of British servicemen were also part of the brutality of Japanese camp during World War II. A quarter died in captivity and the rest returned home damaged and sick. Lethal conditions were inevitable for them during their time in the camp. The prisoners only received less than a cup of rice a day which led to malnutrition and starvation. Diseases were inevitable in such condition. Several diseases suffered by prisoners included malaria, dysentery, tropical ulcers, etc.

Those who survived their time in Japanese camps were those who formed a bond with other fellow prisoners. They took care of each other including when one of them got sick. They took turn washing when one of them was in worse condition due to sickness or injury. Without mates, the risk to die was higher.

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