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January 11th, 1945

The commandant reiterates that his deepest concern for us is for food. 1t is unobtainable in Manila. He says gardening is our only salvation. They collected all garden tools on New Years day for inventory and have not returned them.

Dr. Blum cut a cyst off my eye today. I was too weak to sit up, had to lie down until he finished.He was deft and verv gentle. Obashi said he would do his utmost to get our Cross kits in to us tomorrow. They are at the pier. My chest is aching very badly today. Hunger? Beri-beri? I opened my last can of food, Spam, end ate 1/4 of it. Food very scarce!