Bud Dajo Massacre Philippines 1906

Bud Dajo Massacre

The Bud Dajo Massacre 800 to 1,000 killed including women and children

The Bud Dajo Massacre was a truly horrific attack by the US army. 

The Moro villagers lived in a crater of a volcano and numbered 800 to 1,000 including women and children. Outside the crater was General Wood’s and 790 US soldiers armed with rifles, mountain guns and grenades. The Moro villagers only had Kris which is a wavy edged sword and spears to defend their village from the Americans. 

The Moros tried to defend themselves, but it was a futile attempt against the Americans armed with guns and grenades.

Out of the estimated 800 to 1,000 Moro villagers at Bud Dajo, only 6 survived.

After the Bud Dajo Massacre corpses were piled five deep, and a lot of the bodies had as many as fifty wounds (which experts agree is about 49 too many). 21 Americans were killed.

When reports of the slaughter at Bud Dajo reached Washington, a minor political storm ensued when members of Congress demanded an explanation.

Bud Dajo Massacre

Unbelievably an official inquiry found the conduct of US troops “beyond reproach and the War Department cleared the General Leonard Wood of any wrongdoing, the scandal faded into American history. 

For his part, Wood remained unrepentant. He wrote privately to Roosevelt and said ”Work of this kind, has its disagreeable side, which is the unavoidable killing of women and children; but it must be done.” The president Roosevelt simply shook his head with a knowing smile.

Historians agree that the massacre at Bud Dajo accomplished nothing, so it was basically not a military move but simply killing for the sake of killing.

The nameless dead Moro villagers were soon forgotten and General Wood moved upward in his political career. He was made Army chief of staff and eventually returned to the Philippines as governor-general.

Like many events in the Philippines at the time it was soon forgotten and is something still today America would rather not publicise, I have yet to meet an American that was taught about the Philippines Genocide (a subject that I have spent 8 years researching and hope to write about soon.  

 

 

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