Villager forced to exhume mass graves
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were you on the day of January 31st,
January 10 the Americans came and
arrested me when I was in my house. After they arrested me, they tied a
rope around my neck and strung me together with nine or ten other
persons. Then they gave each of us a shovel and brought us to the
graveyard and told us to dig. We had to dig up all the graves. When we
reached the body in each grave, we had to pull the body up and put it on
the side of the grave. After we finished digging up one, we had to dig
the next. We had to dig everywhere. We had to dig up all the graves and
pull out all the bodies. I did not know what was going on at all. They
just put a rope around my neck and strung me together with nine or ten
other persons. They just gave each person a shovel. When we reached the
graveyard they just pointed at the graves and made us dig. We had to dig
up all the bodies and left them exposed there. That's all.
long did you remain there?
left me there for seven days before they released me. They just dumped
me there without saying a word. Later, I was allowed to go home.
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you dug the bodies up, what did you see? Were they women, children, or
women, old men, peasants and children. Their eyes were wide opened. Old
men and old women and children. We just dug them up and left them there.
That's it. After we pulled all the corpses up, then they dragged us to
another place where we had to dig and then pull up the corpses
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