Bodies in Rivers Spur Burundi Activist’s Call for Investigation

A Burundian human-rights activist called for an international investigation after three bodies, one of them decapitated, were recovered from rivers in the center of the East African country, where a deadly political crisis has raged for 16 months.

“People, mainly opponents, disappear and they are killed,” Armel Niyongere said by phone from neighboring Rwanda. Radio Isanganiro reported that the unidentified bodies were found in Burundi’s Muramvya and Gitega provinces, the latest apparent casualties of a crisis that began in April 2015 and has left more than 470 people dead and forced 210,000 others to flee the landlocked nation.

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