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Stories of mercy

While many troops participated in the killing, several witnesses described how individual soldiers, perhaps sickened by the violence, assisted people to escape or avoid being killed.

The Rev. Nicholas Azeh describes how he and many other boys were taken to a field, forced to dig their own graves, and shot. He was saved by the intervention of a young Nigerian officer.