Tuesday, November 27, 2012

THE MARCH OF DEATH FROM SANDAKAN

During World War II, various human atrocities were carried out by all sides that fought it. The Japanese in particular did not spare their enemies, so much that they were protagonists on an event that left a dark mark in history: The March Of Death From Sandakan.

In the midst of war many British and Australian soldiers were eventually captured by the Japanese in Borneo, Indonesia. Asians forced their prisoners to walk for more than 247 kilometers in a heat of nearly forty degrees without giving them food or water. Many died of starvation or dehydration. And everyone who complained were punctured or beheaded by Japanese bayonets.

Therefore only six prisoners survived, they were the ones that fled in moments of distraction from their guards, otherwise they would have died along with their companions. This cruel episode was very well known because it was an act of mass torture that went public.

And now, almost seventy years later, Major John Tulloch was retracing the route taken by prisoners and ended up taking a picture. And what was supposed to be a simple recollection picture of the place proved something much more impressive, because it seems that the ghosts of those who had to live that infernal march are still walking around.

In the picture above taken by the Major, you can clearly see what appears to be skeletal figures of people walking in a scene that must be very similar to that which happened in the March of death from Sandakan. Were these the spirits of the dead soldiers, still trapped in the nightmare that led to their death?

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