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Journey To The Death Railway
Thailand

Description

This project is a personal journey to the place where my grandfather was held as a prisoner of war during WWII. He was one of 60 000 allied troops (along with 180 000 Asian civilian laborors) captured by the Japanese and set to work on the building of a railway through Thailand to and into Burma, intended to transport supplies between the Japanese occupied territories. Known as ‘The Death Railway’, it claimed an estimated 90 000 lives as a result of disease, horrendous living conditions and brutal treatment by their captors.

Amongst the images of the journey to Thailand are portraits of former POWs and survivors of these camps.