World Council of Churches solidarity visit to Burundi

By agency reporter
March 2, 2016

Amidst the current tense situation in Burundi, representatives of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) have embarked on a solidarity visit to Burundi from 1 to 4 March.

“We make this solidarity visit to the Republic of Burundi to express our commitment to work with all religious leaders and all peace-seeking people of Burundi and to support their tireless efforts on the ground to secure a lasting peace and stability in Burundi,” said WCC General Secretary the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.

Tveit added “We want to express our great concern over the current escalation of tensions and violence in the country following the recent election. As representatives of the ecumenical family, we pray for peace to prevail in Burundi.

The ecumenical delegation will meet with religious leaders, government officials, the opposition, members of international organisations and humanitarian organisations.

The delegation is headed by the WCC General Secretary and includes Dr Agnes Abuom, Moderator of the WCC Central Committee; Bishop Jan Janssen of the Lutheran Church in Germany (EKD): Archbishop Valentine Mokiwa, AACC President; the Rev Frank Chikane, AACC representative;  Elizabeth Kisiigha, executive director of the Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa (FECCLAHA); Dr Nigussu Legesse of the WCC staff and Afiwa Alahare of the AACC staff.

* 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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