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The Forgotten Workers

Many thousands of native workers, romushas, pressed or deceived into service to work on major projects far from their own homes were left in situ at the end of the war, forced to eke out an existence with no one concerned with their repatriation or welfare. Many, often well educated, had volunteered in the belief they were helping their country gain freedom from interference by foreigners.

Many of the tens of thousands who died, without medical help of any kind, were often left where they dropped, without even the respect of a decent burial. Their true numbers will never be known.