Catholic church leaders in the Great Lakes Region of Africa have agreed to work more closely together to promote peace in Africa’s volatile Great Lakes region.
Corruption and misrule, conflict, exploitation of natural resources and destruction of the environment have cost millions of lives and left many more traumatised.
Against this tableaux of despair, some 125 representatives from Burundi, Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya,Tanzania, and other parts of the region met in Bujumbura, Burundi, October 19-21 to agree on an action plan.
Proposals from the Burundi summit included setting up a mechanism for better regional coordination, working more closely with universities to understand root causes of the conflicts, and to improve ecumenical and interreligious collaboration.
Conference partners included the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Africa Solidarity Fund, Catholic Relief Services (a Caritas member), the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the German Civil Peace Service (AGEH), Cordaid (Caritas Netherlands), Missio-Aachen, and Misereor.