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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 11 June 15, 1938

Behind the Bombs

Behind the Bombs.

But it's the civilian side of warfare that is really bad. I never thought much of it in theory, but it's true.

There are kids in this hospital—even babies, lacking arms and legs and fathers and mothers."

To substantiate this claim that the "backyards of war" are more terrible than the front lines here is another quotation—from a young New Zealand journalist's letter written from Shanghal:

"In this city are 80,000 refugees. Hundreds of thousands have passed through, many have moved on towards the South, many have died, some have gone truck-loaded to slave-labour in "Japanese" cotton mills—taken over from the Chinese by the invaders—and there's a drift towards the provinces which would be stronger. If so many thousands of harmless villages hadn't been bombed to pieces.

And there are hundreds of thousands too, in the refugee camps. One of these is established in the Chlao Turn, University building. Now the Japanese are taking this as "compensation'" for a Japanese college burnt here during the hostilities.