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Change: Supporters of Nelson Mandela and ANC at a rally before South Africa’s first democratic election

Change: Supporters of Nelson Mandela and ANC at a rally before South Africa’s first democratic election

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Change: Supporters of Nelson Mandela and ANC at a rally before South Africa’s first democratic election

I started working in Northern Ireland in 1996, the first question I was always asked was: "Did Northern Ireland need a South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)?" This was understandable, as I was at the time working in South Africa with victims testifying before the TRC that ran from 1995 until 2003.

The troubling thing, however, is that I am still regularly asked that same question nearly 25 years later. During this time, how many victims have died without knowing the truth, or obtaining justice for atrocities?


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