Trying to honor Asians who died building Burma-Thailand rail in WWII

Trying to honor Asians who died building Burma-Thailand rail in WWII - IHT, March 12, 2008
[Thanks to Danny for pointing this out.]
...In 1990, a Thai charitable organization, hearing from a Kanchanaburi resident about the possibility of a mass grave,  partly dug up the area where the lime and banana trees stand today. Using a backhoe, a piece of equipment usually reserved for construction, not a historical excavation, the crew found more than 500 skeletons. After an inspection crew arrived from the Australian Embassy to ascertain that they were not former Allied soldiers, the charitable group brought the bones to a crematorium in Bangkok and incinerated them.
This angered Worawut, who persuaded the governor of Kanchanaburi to allow him to examine the excavated site. He unsuccessfully pleaded with officials that the mass grave be made into a museum and memorial to the Asian laborers.
"They never answered me," Worawut said.
With no funding available he removed 33 skeletons he had unearthed and filled in the hole.
"I believe there are still more bodies there - a lot," he said. "But nobody wants do anything about it."
He handed over the skeletons to the historical department of Kanchanaburi Province for safekeeping. In February, Worawut, accompanied by a reporter, returned to the department to inquire about what had happened to the laborers' skeletons.
He was greeted by Pichit Rongrithikrai, one of the managers of the department, who said the bones had been discarded three or four years before because workers and visitors complained of an odor.
"There was a stale smell," Pichit said.
The bones, he said, were buried not far from the compost heap by a maintenance worker.
The anonymity of those discarded bones is in stark contrast to the neat rows of graves in the Allied war cemeteries in Kanchanaburi, described in a stone carving as the "perpetual resting place of the sailors, soldiers and airmen who are honoured here."
Or as the mother of F. Buckland, a British soldier who died in June 1945, only two months before the end of the war, had inscribed on his headstone: "Sleep on, my beloved son, your memory will always remain."
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