'Never again' fund launched for genocide victims - news from ekklesia

By staff writers
December 6, 2004

'Never again' fund launched for genocide victims

-6/12/04

A Christian human rights group has launched a "Never Again" fund to provide crucial support for the victims of genocide in countries such as Rwanda, Congo and Sudan.

Following an investigative trip to Africa earlier this year, Jubilee Action aims initially to raise £100,000 to give front-line support to re-build shattered communities and provide fresh opportunities for the orphans and widows in the aftermath of ethnic cleansing and war.

Jubilee Actionís Assistant Director, Mark Rowland who recently travelled to Africa said; "The Never Again Fund will be a powerful tool to provide opportunities for women and children who have already suffered more than we can imagine."

The Never Again Fund will support four specific projects including the construction of a Peace Village - ten urgently needed homes for child-headed families in Rwanda.

The fund also aims to establish the Solace Centre which will provide trauma counselling, vocational training and IT skills for hundreds of widows and orphans in Rwanda. The centre which will be used to generate much needed income for the community.

Other projects include a drop in centre for children who have escaped the violence in Darfur and a sanctuary for ex-child soldiers in Kinshasa, Congo.

A Jubilee team recently 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.

The team also met the Rwandan President, Hon Paul Kagame, in Kigali in a bid to support the fledgling peace process between Rwanda and its neighbour, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Donations can be made by calling: 01483 894 787 or via the Jubilee web site

'Never again' fund launched for genocide victims

-6/12/04

A Christian human rights group has launched a "Never Again" fund to provide crucial support for the victims of genocide in countries such as Rwanda, Congo and Sudan.

Following an investigative trip to Africa earlier this year, Jubilee Action aims initially to raise £100,000 to give front-line support to re-build shattered communities and provide fresh opportunities for the orphans and widows in the aftermath of ethnic cleansing and war.

Jubilee Actionís Assistant Director, Mark Rowland who recently travelled to Africa said; "The Never Again Fund will be a powerful tool to provide opportunities for women and children who have already suffered more than we can imagine."

The Never Again Fund will support four specific projects including the construction of a Peace Village - ten urgently needed homes for child-headed families in Rwanda.

The fund also aims to establish the Solace Centre which will provide trauma counselling, vocational training and IT skills for hundreds of widows and orphans in Rwanda. The centre which will be used to generate much needed income for the community.

Other projects include a drop in centre for children who have escaped the violence in Darfur and a sanctuary for ex-child soldiers in Kinshasa, Congo.

A Jubilee team recently 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.

The team also met the Rwandan President, Hon Paul Kagame, in Kigali in a bid to support the fledgling peace process between Rwanda and its neighbour, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Donations can be made by calling: 01483 894 787 or via the Jubilee web site

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