81 - Year - Old May Be 'trembling Girl' In War Clip



81-year-old may be 'trembling girl' in war clip

An 81-year-old woman in Okinawa says she is the trembling little girl in film clip that shows the cruelty of battle in Japan's southern prefecture in World War Two.

The footage, shot by the US military, shows a girl covered with dirt and trembling while sitting on the side of a road in the southern part of Okinawa's Main Island. The documentary film was made toward the end of the battle of Okinawa in the final stages of World War Two.



Sueko Urasaki of Naha City said she is the girl in the footage. Urasaki said she could tell it was her from the girl's clothing. She said she decided to come forward after her relatives encouraged her to do so.

Urasaki lost her father, an older brother and a younger brother in the battle.

She said she was seven years old when the footage was shot. She and her older sister were running away and had become separated when an American soldier saw her and told her to sit down.

Urasaki said the soldier tried to give her sweets, but that she didn't take them because she had been told that such things were poisoned. She said she thought she would be killed, and that she was frightened of the soldier's blue eyes.

Sakae Yamauchi, a former part-time teacher at University of the Ryukyus, said that, judging from the footage and Urasaki's account, there is a 70 to 80 percent chance that she is the girl. Yamauchi said her testimony has value in terms of learning how civilians were caught up in the Battle of Okinawa.

More than 200,000 people, including a quarter of the prefecture's population, lost their lives in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.