Christian delegation meets with Rwandan President - news from ekklesia

By staff writers
October 7, 2004

Christian delegation meets with Rwandan President

-7/10/04

Jubilee Action has announced that a delegation including Lord Alton of Liverpool, met the Rwandan President, Hon Paul Kagame, in Kigali last week in a bid to support the fledgling peace process between Rwanda and its neighbour, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a positive meeting, the Christian-based human rights charity said that Lord Alton took the opportunity to urge President Kagame to continue to build bridges with his counter-part, President Joseph Kabila to prevent further loss of life in the region.

Lord Alton shared Britainís struggle to cultivate peace in Northern Ireland and the importance of dialogue with oneís enemies.

David Alton commented ìIt was important for us to meet President Kagame. 2,000 people a day have been killed in a conflict that has been likened to Europeís Great War. I encouraged the President to take the opportunity to bring peace in a region torn apart by genocide, war and political instability. The President welcomed Britainís role as an honest broker and we discussed some practical steps that could bring progress.í

The UN estimates 3.5 million people have been killed since 1998 in a war that was started when Rwanda and Uganda invaded the Congo under the pretext of capturing the Hutu militia who were responsible for the 1994 genocide. However, Rwanda has been accused of deliberately de-stabilising the region in order to get access to Congoís vast mineral wealth.

The Jubilee Action team, who were in Africa from Sept 20th to Oct 5th to develop Jubileeís work with children at risk, had also met Congolese Government Ministers in Kinshasa and were therefore able to pass on messages in an attempt to foster greater understanding.

The delegation visited the genocide site in Murambi where 50,000 people were killed in 1994 while French UN troops stood-by and refused to intervene. They also visited the Nyanza prison where 6,000 genocidaires are being held for their involvement in the genocide when 800,000 mainly Tutsi people were killed in 100 days.

Dr Richard Rowland, a missionary doctor in Rwanda for 10 years, presented a Bible to the President and requested that he makes an unprecedented television appeal to urge Rwandans to change their behaviour in order to halt the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He gave the President a copy of ìTowards an Aids-free generationî and asked that a copy be sent to every primary school in Rwanda. The President declared that he would do what had been asked of him.

Christian delegation meets with Rwandan President

-7/10/04

Jubilee Action has announced that a delegation including Lord Alton of Liverpool, met the Rwandan President, Hon Paul Kagame, in Kigali last week in a bid to support the fledgling peace process between Rwanda and its neighbour, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a positive meeting, the Christian-based human rights charity said that Lord Alton took the opportunity to urge President Kagame to continue to build bridges with his counter-part, President Joseph Kabila to prevent further loss of life in the region.

Lord Alton shared Britainís struggle to cultivate peace in Northern Ireland and the importance of dialogue with oneís enemies.

David Alton commented ìIt was important for us to meet President Kagame. 2,000 people a day have been killed in a conflict that has been likened to Europeís Great War. I encouraged the President to take the opportunity to bring peace in a region torn apart by genocide, war and political instability. The President welcomed Britainís role as an honest broker and we discussed some practical steps that could bring progress.í

The UN estimates 3.5 million people have been killed since 1998 in a war that was started when Rwanda and Uganda invaded the Congo under the pretext of capturing the Hutu militia who were responsible for the 1994 genocide. However, Rwanda has been accused of deliberately de-stabilising the region in order to get access to Congoís vast mineral wealth.

The Jubilee Action team, who were in Africa from Sept 20th to Oct 5th to develop Jubileeís work with children at risk, had also met Congolese Government Ministers in Kinshasa and were therefore able to pass on messages in an attempt to foster greater understanding.

The delegation visited the genocide site in Murambi where 50,000 people were killed in 1994 while French UN troops stood-by and refused to intervene. They also visited the Nyanza prison where 6,000 genocidaires are being held for their involvement in the genocide when 800,000 mainly Tutsi people were killed in 100 days.

Dr Richard Rowland, a missionary doctor in Rwanda for 10 years, presented a Bible to the President and requested that he makes an unprecedented television appeal to urge Rwandans to change their behaviour in order to halt the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He gave the President a copy of ìTowards an Aids-free generationî and asked that a copy be sent to every primary school in Rwanda. The President declared that he would do what had been asked of him.

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