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Tuesday, May 11 2021


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They called me in the morning and told me to meet him at the hospital in Monywa. I thought it was just for a broken arm or something … But when I arrived here, he was at the morgue and his internal organs were taken out.

That’s the wife of Myanmar’s well-known poet Khet Thi describing the horrific condition of his body. He was detained and taken in for interrogation on Saturday. Activists say he died at the hospital after being tortured in the interrogation centre. While the world has been distracted by the pandemic, the Myanmar military has been on a bloody rampage. The official number of civilian deaths is 780—but the real number is likely much higher. Khet Thi’s most famous line of poetry: “They shoot in the head, but they don’t know the revolution is in the heart.”

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A dark and sad pandemic update

The TLDR: Bodies were found floating down the Ganga river—a new horror that brings home the near-incomprehensible tragedy of the second wave. There isn’t so much to explain here, but it deserves to be our big story of the day.

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