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Manzanar - This consists of blocks of four units in which twenty-four people are housed. The barracks are built with green wood that shrinks as it dries, leaving holes and spaces in the walls through which the sand blows. The walls are covered with tar paper and the floors are concrete. There is one bare light bulb hanging from the ceiling which is open to the other units. The only heat is from an oil heater.

Latrines - These are an insult to the pride and privacy of the women at Manzanar. Long rows of double open holes, back- to-back, run down the center of the rooms. No privacy walls or doors are provided. Some women carry large Oxidol crates. These they fold out around themselves for privacy. There are no permanent privacy walls in place for more than a year.

Mess Halls - The people are...

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