2 Days Before the Massacre, Soldiers Bought Vats of Acid

The AP reports on what it says was an Aug. 27 massacre of Rohingya, mass graves
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 1, 2018 7:36 AM CST
This May 26, 2017 satellite image released by DigitalGlobe shows an aerial overview of the village of Gu Dar Pyin, Myanmar.   (DigitalGlobe via AP)
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(Newser) – The faces of the men half-buried in the mass graves had been burned away by acid or blasted by bullets. Noor Kadir finally recognized his friends only by the colors of their shorts. Kadir and 14 others, all Rohingya Muslims in the Myanmar village of Gu Dar Pyin, had been choosing players for the soccer-like game of chinlone when the gunfire began. By the time the Myanmar military stopped shooting, only Kadir and two teammates were left alive. Days later, Kadir found six of his friends among the bodies in two graves. They are among at least five mass graves, all previously unreported, that have been confirmed by the AP through multiple interviews with more than two dozen survivors in Bangladesh refugee camps and through time-stamped cellphone videos. Major points from the very lengthy AP piece:

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