‘We’ll Turn Your Village Into Soil’: Survivors Recount One of Myanmar’s Biggest Massacres

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from The Wall Street Journal,

Security forces went door to door, shooting anyone who emerged, including children, in a Sunday afternoon massacre.

On a Sunday afternoon last August, Ahammed Hossain hid for four hours in a pond in his village of Chut Pyin, screened by bushes and thorns. Around him, he recalled, there was gunfire and the cries of men, women and children trying to outrun the deadly force of Myanmar’s 33rd Light Infantry Division.

About a quarter of the village’s Rohingya Muslims, more than 350 people died that day, Mr. Hossain said, which would be one of the largest massacres by Myanmar‘s security forces since the military initiated its campaign against the minority group last year. The campaign’s death toll, estimated in the thousands, compares with notorious ethnic killings of the recent past, including Albanians targeted in Kosovo and deadly gas attacks against Kurds in Iraq.

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