2020: ‘No Gun Ri’
KNCC. 15. - 25 Juni 2020
‘No Gun Ri’
Tom Kennedy, Veterans of Peace, USA
The infamous site where 400 South Koreans were massacred by US troops in the 1950 American war in Korea.
I was one of a five-member ‘Veterans For Peace’ delegation sent to South Korea in support of an effort to prevent the Eviction of farmers from their land taken from them for a U.S. base expansion. . .
We stand in a circle looking down – at the bullet ridden wall – the entrance to the train tunnel. That goes through the village of No Gun Ri – Our hosts include a retired South Korean General. He wants us to know about this place — what happened? A small altar of flowers and pictures shows some of the children and mothers who died here 60 years ago.
Among our small group of about ten is a humble woman – who cries silent to herself. She was a nine year old girl – who watched in horror – as all those around her went down In a hail of bullets from machine guns and planes that strafed the entrance and into the railroad tunnel – earlier soldiers had told theme to go there for safety.
She speaks to us softly and pleadingly so we might understand the impossible. Her parents and siblings are dying – amid the noise and screaming and impacts of missiles of death. She gets up and looks at her dead family, but her left eye has fallen out of her head – holding in her hand.