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More than twenty thousand victims of the 1972 crisis have already been exhumed


Nov 8, 2021

NGOZI November 8th (ABP) – The chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR), Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, revealed during a press conference held on Thursday, November 4 in Ngozi that more than 20,000 victims of the 1972 have already been exhumed over the past two years by the CVR. This work has already been done in ten provinces of the country namely Gitega, Karusi, Rumonge, Bururi, Muramvya, Kirundo, Muyinga, Bujumbura Mairie and Mwaro. A total of 986 people were heard to shed light on the atrocities of 1972.

The CVR chairperson said he was very happy to have had access to archives from 1972 which shed even more light on those tragedies. He exposed documents from the public administration, the prosecution, the ministries of justice, education, public works and the civil service. There are also documents from the INSS and other institutions.

For example, Mr. Ndayicariye spoke of the names of people arrested in May 1972, the list of people sentenced to death by the war council of May 6, 1972, the pro-Justicia documents of the public prosecutor, the table of people imprisoned and then killed from April 30 to May 18, 1972 at Ngozi central prison. There are also the handwritten memos, the archives of the litigation department of the Ministry of Justice and the minutes found at the Ministry of National Education.

He also noted the transfer documents for the plots and the list of the plots seized with their approximate value.

Finally, the report entitled “Naufrage au Burundi” (shipwreck in Burundi), written in September 1972 by the Belgian league for the defense of human rights, section Louvain which indicates the names and photos of the pupils and their teachers killed in the secondary schools of the country.

Regarding the closing of the truth of 1972, Mr. Ndayicariye considered that the commission is sufficiently advanced but that much remains to be done from the point of view of reconciliation, reparation, to name but a few.