A Country Unmasked
Alex Boraine’s account of South Africa’s acclaimed Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was set up after the collapse of the apartheid regime. The TRC had the monumental task not only of uncovering decades of systematic human rights violations, but of doing so in a way that would help a very damaged nation to reconcile and move forward.;Boaraine clearly sets out the process leading to the establishment of the TRC, describes the hearings at which victims and perpetrators testified about human rights violations, and considers reactions – inclusding criticisms – to the TRC and its final report. He analyzes the key features that contributed to the Commission’s success, and gives an honest assessment of some of its mistakes. This is also a personal story, giving insight into the feelings, disappointments, and rewards that the TRC’s participants experienced.;The book aims to elucidate and answer the many difficult questions that were crucial to South Africa’s TRC , and that need to be addressed by all people who are working with societies in transition.