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Ovaherero Genocide Foundation

1937 China

The Nanking/Nanjing Massacre

In December 1937 the Japanese Imperial Army marched into Nanking, China (also known as Nanjing) and killed around 200,000 to 300,000 people. People were tortured and murdered in various ways. This went on for six weeks and during that time period between 20,000 and 80,000 women and girls were raped or sexually assaulted; some were gang raped and shot or stabbed to death. Stores were looted and buildings were set on fire. This became known as the Nanking Massacre or the Rape of Nanking. It took decades for the city of Nanking and its people to recover from the attacks.