Foreign News: Death in Swatow

During the Japanese occupation, the once prosperous South China port of Swatow (prewar pop. 179,000) was cut off from rice imports, suffered famine. "Coffins were lined up at a certain place by a charitable Buddhist organization, and the people staggered there to lie down in the coffins to await death. In that way, they were sure of some sort of a burial."


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