Mass graves have been discovered in Rwanda, 24 years after the country’s genocide left about 800,000 people dead, BBC reports.
Locals believe that graves contain the remains of close to 3,000 people who went missing in their area during the genocide.
Their discovery comes just a week after an official mourning period for the victims of one of the world’s worst modern-day tragedies.
Volunteers have been spearheading the excavation this week after they were told of the location by a woman who said she had seen bodies dumped there more than two decades ago.
Relatives of genocide victims have also been sifting through the site looking for any signs their loved ones might have been buried there.
But the discovery has also raised questions in the Rwandan media about why the people who knew about these sites did not reveal their existence all this time.
Some of those convicted for taking part in the genocide have already completed their sentences and have been released from prison.