Destination Unknown (2006) oil on canvas 100 x 40 cm
After eight months of captivity, the prisoners were told they were to be sent to a better camp where there would be 'better food, better conditions'. They were crammed into steel box cars (originally rice container wagons), 30-33 men and a guard to each car approximately 2 x 6 metres. The train journey took four days. During the day, the heat was stifling, at night, in the highlands of Malaya, they froze. There was no sanitation and very little food. My father said that seeing glimpses of nature (especially the butterflies) through the small opening on the train kept him going during that journey.
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