MASSACRES IN BURUNDI

 

Sir, Last month's International Tribunal issued the first indictments for genocide in Rwanda. At last the organisers of the genocide will be identified and pursued, and those who suffered loss of their families and loved ones can see the wheels of Justice turn, even if extremely slowly.

However, in Burundi a cycle of violence, which began in November 1993 with the assassination of the first elected president in that country's history, continues. Over 100,000 people have been killed so far in ongoing massacres, and the situation continues to deteriorate if such a concept is possible.

It took the massacre of over 500,000 people in Rwanda to wake the world community to action. What will it take in Burundi, where a culture of impunity has protected killers for over 30 years? Yours, etc.. Proudstown, Tara, Co. Meath.