Former Truth and Reconciliation Commission research director Charles Villa-Vicencio sees reactions to the work of the commission as falling into three categories: those who rejected the mandate of the commission, those who enthusiastically embraced it. and the majority who are ambivalent.

He explores the role of the commission in creating an institutional memory of the past and how difficult it is for many to "get on with life" once the process is over. In the author'S view, it is roo soon to tell whether this attempt to heal the wounds of the past has been successful.

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