Witnesses have reported seeing Burundi mass graves and the locations given by these eye witnesses coincide with what modern technology has to offer up as evidence. Satellite images have shown evidence that the Burundi mass graves are right were the witnesses pinpointed, offering validity to the claims.
News Oxy reports on January 30, that these mass graves are believed to be the result of Burundi security forces “killing scores of people” in the continuing violence in that country. This violence began last April with President Pierre Nkurunziza’s announcement that he would seek a third term.
Amnesty International’s regional director Muthoni Wanyeki, said that the satellite images suggest a cover up by the security forces to prevent the world from knowing the extent of these killings. In December when military bases were attacked by gunman, at least 87 people were killed. The UN believes the number of deaths during this attack was much higher.
The UN has revealed that they are analyzing satellite images that are believed to hold evidence of up to nine mass graves. One of those mass graves are located in a military camp and it is believed this site contains more than 100 bodies.
According to The Times of India, it is not only eye witness accounts and satellite images that offer up evidence to these mass grave sites, but video of these graves are also offered into evidence. Along with the reveal of the mass graves, it is learned a securities sweep arrested 17 people including two foreign journalists.
The BBC video above explains how reporters were told one story from the municipal government of a village and another by the people who live there. As you can see in the video, the BBC reporter and camera operator followed the directions given to them by the locals and the graves were found in a rural area, about an hours walk off a rural road.
The BBC reporter said that as they came closer to the locations, evidence of something terrible occurring there started to bubble up, like shoes and gun casings. It was the disturbed earth that offered up evidence of a mass grave along with the horrific stench coming from the section that contained that loose dirt.