Twelve Days, Seventeen Year discussed on Amanpour

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Having me so this report that you are putting out is quite unusual in the tracking and tracing the accounts of a massacre that you think happened through specifically the injuries on victims is that correct that's right we're using our skills to document the forensic the scientific and medical evidence of these injuries and abuses to report out the truth of what really happened what do the the wounds the scars the injuries tell you about that day in paean well the tell us the the accounts that others have surfaced that civilians are group of civilians in a village where attacked by both the military and by buddhists were kind buddhist civilians that in fact what we see is that children women and men were subject to horrific types of injuries including a blunt force trauma injuries from gunshots burns other types of injuries that when we examine the forensic truth in each individual injury we see that this clearly did not appear to be any kind of antiterror operation that this was a systematic attack on civilians using guns using knives using sexual violence other types of illegal and really horrific physical physical attack so don't feel we're going to put up to images of scars that you found and photographed on a seventeen year old row ingeborg and this is what you say oh he said that he sustained these wounds from an explosive device while fleeing should into a nearby field and then apparently he told you all that he had to travel for almost twelve days on foot trying to flee twelve days on foot to neighboring bangladesh which is where we know no a lot of the rohingya have have ended up in refugee camps that phillips in his story a little bit more and how difficult must've been to travel with those wounds by foot well i think that this story and others like it show first of all the horrific physical impact of in this case what appears to be a blast injury of a grenade or some other explosive vice but also others who sustained gunshot wounds these are injuries that break the bones inside the leg they shatter not only the bone but the flesh around it these are wounds it became often infected as survivors struggled just to survive the initial hours after the attacks and then family members others from the village would help them carry them really all the way over to bangladesh and then the heroic efforts of surgeons and other humanitarian and medical aid folks intervening to help patch these survivors back together physically but what we see in this case and many others like it is that you know this poor young man still cannot bear weight on that limb likely in part due to infection likely in part due to you know not having access to physical therapy after such a horrific injury and so you know the long term impact of these injuries lives on in the psychological trauma but also in the poorly healed bone fractures and other injuries that we have documented in the report don't ya ue physicians for human rights what is it that you want this report this this discovery to achieve we aim to bring the credibility of science and forensic evidence to bear on the telling of the truth and the search for accountability and justice on behalf of survivors of this violence does that mean putting those responsible to the international criminal court how does one do that in a country like me mall which is by all intents a still a military ruled nation i think that there certainly is an important effort towards accountability referral to the international criminal court or universal jurisdiction prosecution ph physicians for human rights we've been part of that work in yugoslavia in rwanda all over the world so that's part of our mission you know the circumstances are not easy in the camps and bangladesh is really committed incredible amounts of resources to an international ngos also to provide a shelter clothing care for people who are there i think that despite the difficulty of caring for seven hundred plus thousand refugees it's absolutely critical that we not support any effort that repatriation before understanding what what type of transparency has been established to show that there's a safe path return i want to put up another picture that we have and this is of a woman's arm and it shows a gunshot wound we're seeing there on the screen and this woman apparently you spoke to she fled the violence she had her baby in her arms a.

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