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Displaced Armenians dig up graves of loved ones as they flee Nagorno-Karabakh

Displaced Armenians dig up graves of loved ones as they flee Nagorno-Karabakh

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Imagine how it feels to be given two days' notice to pack up your home.The desperate situation follows a war which has already claimed the lives of your children and sunk your nation into a bitter defeat. Now, the hastily drawn up peace demands that your house be handed to the victors and it seems you were the last to know. Image: Some Armenians would rather destroy their homes than have Azerbaijanis live in them This is what is happening to ethnic Armenians in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, over which there has been six weeks of fighting.On a windswept farm above the village of Nor Seysulan, we met a mother who screamed out her fury. Her sacrifice in this war seems pointless and painful. ...
Coronavirus: New York using mass graves amid outbreak

Coronavirus: New York using mass graves amid outbreak

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Images have emerged of coffins being buried in a mass grave in New York City, as the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak continues to rise.Workers in hazmat outfits were seen using a ladder to descend into a huge pit where the coffins were stacked.The location is Hart Island, used for New Yorkers with no next of kin or who could not afford a funeral.New York state now has more coronavirus cases than any single country, according to latest figures.The state's confirmed caseload of Covid-19 jumped by 10,000 on Thursday to 159,937, of whom 7,000 have died.Spain has had 153,000 cases and Italy 143,000, while China, where the virus emerged last year, has reported 82,000 cases.The US as a whole has r...
Archaeologists use subsurface imaging to map unmarked graves

Archaeologists use subsurface imaging to map unmarked graves

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April 26 (UPI) -- Archaeologists in Australia are using advanced subsurface imaging technology to help community groups locate and map lost and unmarked graves. "This is a huge issue, particularly for rural communities," Ian Moffat, a research fellow at Flinders University, said in a news release. "Using geophysics provides a non-invasive and culturally appropriate way to map unmarked grave sites." Most recently, Moffat and his research partners used ground penetrating radar, or GPR, and GPS surveys to map unmarked graves at Lake Condah Mission Cemetery, an important site for the Gunditjmara, an indigenous people of southwestern Victoria, a state in Australia. The cemetery, founded in 1869, contains only 26 marked graves, but is estimated to host dozens more unmarked graves. Using GPR, r...
IS left 200 mass graves in Iraq – UN

IS left 200 mass graves in Iraq – UN

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More than 200 mass graves containing thousands of bodies have been found in areas of Iraq that were once controlled by the Islamic State (IS) group, a UN investigation has found.The graves were found in the north and western governorates of Nineveh, Kirkuk, Salahuddin and Anbar.They could contain as many as 12,000 victims, the UN report said.IS seized parts of Iraq in 2014 and imposed brutal rule, commonly killing anyone of whom it disapproved.It was eventually vanquished by a US-led air campaign backed by Iraqi government forces and allied militias on the ground, although pockets of IS activity remain in some areas.The sites, the report notes, contain critical evidence that will not only identify the victims but also help prosec...
Ancient tsunamis may explain prehistoric mass graves

Ancient tsunamis may explain prehistoric mass graves

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Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Ancient tsunamis could explain a handful of prehistorical mass graves in the Pacific, Mediterranean and northern Scotland. Researchers at the University of New South Wales were first inspired to search for evidence of ancient tsunamis after observing the aftermath of recent disasters. "Basically, when you look at recent events such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami you see that there is a dire need for rapid burials when survivors are overwhelmed with the number of dead," archaeologist James Goff told UPI. "So it was a very simple question: What about ones in prehistory? Surely they faced the same problems, even more so given their lack of aid coming in. So where are the mass burials?" Goff and his colleagues went looking for evidence tsunami-relatied mass casualties in th...