A trio of cyclists from South Korea traveled through Rolla Wednesday as part of a cross-country trip to raise awareness of a human rights issue.

A trio of cyclists from South Korea traveled through Rolla Wednesday as part of a cross-country trip to raise awareness of a human rights issue.
This is the longest bicycle ride that Tae Woo Kim, Hyun Gu Kim and Han Kyul Kim, who are all from Seoul, have ever been on.
They started their journey in Los Angeles in June and hope to arrive in New York City by late August or early September.
The cyclists have traveled through Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, as well as El Paso and Dallas, Texas, and they will go through Chicago and Washington, D.C., before their trip ends.
The reason for their ride? Spread the word about the “comfort women” plight and urge the Japanese government to “admit, apologize and accompany.”
“Comfort women” were women and girls who were forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army in occupied territories — such as Korea, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and East Timor — before and during World War II.
The name, Triple A Project, comes from the three things that supporters of the project want from the Japanese government:
• Admit Japan’s responsibility for the system of sexual slavery.
• Apologize for inflicting such brutal and egregious violence against women and children and stop committing even more crimes by denying and avoiding its responsibility.
• Accompany, meaning the only way to prevent the same crimes from happening again is to educate ourselves and others.
The cyclists have been traveling about 60-70 miles per day, and arrived in Rolla, where they spent Wednesday evening before continuing their journey today.
They have spread their message to newspapers along the way but have also visited churches and universities.
They noted that supporters of the project also take part in Wednesday demonstrations, in which  people demonstrate in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea.
For more information about the ride, visit www.facebook.com/bikeforcomfortwomen.