New findings from Burindi’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Burundi announced the findings of its operations in Bururi, in the country’s south, on Friday. Exhumations of victims of the 1972 crisis, as well as investigations, hearings, and exhumations. Surprising discoveries.

Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, President of the TRC, said, “68 mass graves have been confirmed by the TRC. We only exhumed 1,455 victims of the 1972 crisis from 11 of these mass graves. The photographs of the mass graves reveal unheard-of brutality in the torture and murder of the victims.”

Some Burundians have harshly criticized the commission’s work. They accuse it of favoring one ethnic group over others.

Tatien Sibomana is an African politician, said:

“The Ndayicariye Commission wishes to persuade national and international opinion that the Hutus were the ones who were killed.” This is far from the case. He can sing it and assert it all he wants, but it will never be the truth.

The Arusha Agreement of 2000 for peace and reconciliation in Burundi gave birth to Burundi’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Following an investigation by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into disputes since the country’s independence in 1962, more than 4,000 mass graves were discovered in Burundi.

The commission established in 2018 to bring attention to ethnic tensions claims to have found 142,505 victims.

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