| 08.02,18. 02:17 AM |
Mynamar soldiers ‘burning Rohingya Muslim’s faces off with acid’ to ‘hide genocide’
Evidence of a previously undocumented attack in August emerged on Thursday with one UN expert declaring it showed the “hallmarks of genocide”.
Witnesses claim that in Arakan state, Myanmar, attackers of the minority and much persecuted Muslim community deliberately used acid to burn off the faces of the dead.
UN special envoy on human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee said: “These are part of the hallmarks of a genocide. You can see it’s a pattern.”
Mohammad Rayes, 23, a teacher who watched the atrocity said: “People were screaming, crying, pleading for their lives, but the soldiers just shot continuously.”
Commanders carried out what they call “clearance operations” after lightly armed militants of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army attacked military and police posts on August 25.
Two days later 200 soldiers entered the village of Gu Dar Pyin armed with rifles, knives, rocket launchers and grenades.
Witnesses say the Burmese army, known as the Tatmadaw, moved from house to house stealing possessions of Rohingya Muslims and shooting anyone they found.
Shocking claims also suggest ordinary Burmese civilians followed, burning houses as well as shooting and stabbing women and children.
They then disfigured the corpses before burying them in mass graves, it has been reported.
Mohammad Lalmia, 20, a farmer who fled over the border to Bangladesh, said: “There were so many bodies in so many different places, they couldn’t hide all the death.”
Villagers who snuck back into the abandoned village in the days after the massacre found it littered with bodies, some of which in hastily dug graves.
Noor Kadir, 24, said he was only able to recognise six friends from the colour of their shorts.
He said: “It was a mixed-up jumble of corpses piled on top of each other.
“I felt such sorrow for them.”
A woman named Rohima Khatu, 45, told the Associated Press: “There were dead bodies everywhere, bones and body parts, all decomposing, so I couldn’t tell which one was my husband.
“I was weeping while I was there.
I was crying loudly, ‘Where did you go? Where did you go?’
“I have lost everything.”
Mohammad Karim, 26, filmed some of the mass graves on his phone. The footage shows skeletal remains that appear to have been burned with acid.
The Nobel Pace prize-winning leader of Mynamar Aung San Suu Kyi’s home was petrol bombed.
There was no damage to the property and Ms Suu Kyi was in the capital.
She has been heavily criticised for failing to speak out against the violence done by her forces.
Ms Lee has demanded “responsibility and accountability” from the Myanmar Government, reports Express.