The Center for Genocide and Human Rights Research In Africa and the Diaspora (GHRAD) at Northeastern Illinois University conducted its inaugural faculty-student research trip to Burundi on December 9-23, 2022, to learn about the 1972 genocide that decimated between 200,000 and 300,000 people in about three months. The research team members had an opportunity to converse with the survivors while collecting the testimonies. They visited the focal geographical points of the genocides and communicated with survivors and discussed their viewpoints on the reasons for these mass atrocities. The activities consisted of visiting six major mass graves and three remaining sites, interviewing survivors, and daily debriefing. Each sub-team of one faculty member and two students.
Supported by Northeastern Illinois University and Phalarope Foundation