Pinay comfort woman's story featured in Canadian museum

By Rhia Alcantara, ABS-CBN Canada

Posted at Aug 29 2014 12:56 PM | Updated as of Sep 01 2014 07:57 PM

CANADA – A Filipina comfort woman's story became part of a collection at the soon-to-be-opened Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the first museum in the world solely dedicated to the evolution and future of human rights, is set to launch this September.

"It's really going to change the shape of Winnipeg. It's been human rights city for a long time. It's fantastic," said Clint Curle, head/stakeholder relations of the museum.

As part of its commitment to encourage reflection and dialogue, the museum invited Filipina war survivor Fidencia David to Canada late 2013. The museum recorded interviews that will become part of the oral histories collection at one of the galleries.

"Masaya dahil doon ko nga nailabas lahat yung sama ng loob ko at yung mga manunulat makikita nila kung ano yung nagyari sa mga comfort woman. Hanggang ngayon, masakit pa rin sa amin ang mga ginawa ng hapon noong World War 2, lalo na pinatay nila yung aking lola, sinunog nila yung aming bahay, tapos ni-rape pa rin ako. Kaya yun na yung isinisigaw ko. Kailangan ipaglaban namin yung aming katarungan," she said.

David's story wouldn't have been possible without the help of her therapist who was instrumental throughout the whole process.

"I cannot express my gratitude giving us all the opportunities to speak about Lola's story and my work with Lola and the other survivors as well," said Cristina Rosello.

The new national museum is set to open on September 20.