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Burundi confirms the finding of 6,032 dead in six mass graves during the genocide of the 70s

February 15, 2020

MADRID, Feb. 15 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Burundi has confirmed the discovery of 6,032 dead in six mass graves dug in the Karusi province, in the eastern center of the country, during the genocide against the Hutu population in the 1970s, and whose Recovery tasks began in early February.

The president of the commission, Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, made the announcement late last Friday after declaring his support for the families of the victims, who accuse the Burundian state of perpetrating these murders, dated approximately in 1972.

Burundi confirms the finding of 6,032 dead in six mass graves during the genocide of the 70sBurundi confirms the finding of 6,032 dead in six mass graves during the genocide of the 70s

The six graves were dug in the town of Bukirasazi, in Shombo County along with eight other pending investigations, according to the president of the commission, who stressed that the recovery tasks will take time to complete because “Burundi has more than 4,000 graves common. ”

The victims are teachers, officials, religious, senior officials and agents of the security forces, practically all belonging to “a certain ethnic group.” Officially, the commission does not mention the ethnic origin of the victims, but it is common knowledge that they are Hutu victims of the 1972 massacres, during the military repression of the Tutsi regime against the armed organization of the Burundi Workers Party.

Ndayicariye has assured relatives that the victims will be buried “with dignity,” according to statements collected by the Iwacu news portal.

The commission has already identified some 140,000 fatalities of the different genocides committed throughout the numerous conflicts that have rocked the African country over the past 60 years.

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