World and African church bodies express grave concern over Burundi

By agency reporter
December 19, 2015

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) have come together in expressing grave concern for the people of Burundi in a situation of extreme tension and escalating human rights violations.

In a joint statement issued on 18 December, WCC and AACC observe that the political crisis in Burundi “has latterly been marked by brutal violence, targeted attacks, extrajudicial killings, severe oppression and the incitement of communal tensions”.

”We appeal to the government and political leadership of Burundi to step back from the path of violence onto the path of peace”, the statement reads, and then calls for “responsible leadership that does not tolerate complicity in the killings and other serious violations now so obviously prevalent in the country”.

“In this Advent season, in which we await the nativity of the Christ Child, the Prince of Peace, we pray that all those who now espouse violence and division in Burundi will learn and pursue the things that make for peace in this wounded land”, the statement concludes.

* The full statement can be donloaded here

* The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, by the end of 2012 the WCC had 345 member churches representing more than 500 million Christians from Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other traditions in over 110 countries. The WCC works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.

* World Council of Churches http://www.oikoumene.org/en

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