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>> They're not professional investigators, but piece by piece these Rohingya refugees are achieving something that aid groups, diplomats and reporters have so far not. A list of the dead that, name by name, says more than 10,000 people were killed in last year's brutal military assault on Myanmar's Rakhine state.
And it's all happening in what's become the world's largest refugee camp in Bangladesh. Reuters recently traveled here to witness the list maker’s work.>> I'm Clare Baldwin, reporting from Reuters from the Rohingya refugee camps in southeastern Bangladesh. A group of refugees here has decided to try to count and name the dead.
In their former lives, they were religious leaders, teachers and humanitarian workers. Now, they've become genocide investigators.>> Last year's bloody assault in western Myanmar drove more than 700,000 refugees into Bangladesh. The Rohingya lists include those who were raped, killed, arrested and injured in the violence. They also include dates and locations, as well as the name of battalion commander the refugees hold responsible.
And the work's all being done inside these makeshift UNHCR shelters. The team says they're being very careful, and their numbers are on the low side. But their total is already much higher than surveys done by professional groups. A recent report from aid agency MSF put the total at more than 6,700.
But that study only ran for one month and did not include names. Rights groups, like Amnesty International, said the list could be extremely valuable for war crimes investigators. Many of the refugees said they simply felt they had to do something to document the atrocities they experienced. The Rohingya consider themselves as natives to Rakhine State.
But a law from the 1980s restricts their citizenship in Myanmar. Myanmar's government did not respond to requests for comment on the lists. But it has said what it calls a clearance operation last year in Rakhine state was a legitimate response to terrorist attacks.