Somaliland: Join EPAF in Unearthing Siyad Barre’s Atrocities


EPAF forensic and pathology experts  and volunteers at a field school unearthing mass graves in Somaliland

By: Yusuf M Hasan

Somalilandsun- Most of the reasons that led Somaliland to withdraw in 1991 from its voluntary later turned fateful 1960 union with Somalia was the wanton killing of over 200,000 Somalilanders by forces loyal to late dictator Siyad Bare.

Shot, dragged around the streets, tortured or burned the bodies of victims in Hargeisa and elsewhere in the then northern region of Somalia and now Republic of Somaliland were haphazardly buried in shallow mass graves.

While rains have helped identify some through erosion, credit goes to the peruvian forensic anthropology team-EPAF whose annual field schools who facilitated he unearthing of many mass graves in Hargeisa and its environs.

The EPAF is undertaking a new Field School in Somaliland and Peru in 2017 and volunteers are invited both skilled and unskilled. See applicattion details

EPAF Somaliland field school 2017The very successfully forensic and pathology based field schools conducted in the past by EPAF have not only helped unearth mass graves but facilitated the proper and dignified reburial of the victims most of whom remain unidentified to date.

Remains of 42 people unearthed by EPAF from mass graves in Somaliland receive dignified burialThe Peruvian Team of Forensic Anthropology (EPAF) is a Peruvian non-governmental organization dedicated to the investigation of serious human rights violations and to carrying out human development initiatives, with the aim to strengthen democratic governance and the rule of law in post-conflict settings and contexts of insecurity.More about EPAF

At an EPAF field school in Hargeisa SomalilandFor a number of years the EPAF has unearthed more mass graves in Somaliland which are part of the many others where close to 200,000 people all of them SOMALILANDERS were buried after mass executions by the regime of the late dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.See photos and details of New Mass Graves Unearthed

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