Located in the Great Lakes region of East Africa, the Anglican Church of Burundi consists of seven dioceses and has approximately 900,000 members. The Province was founded in 1992, just two years before a brutal 12-year civil war swept across the country. In the years since the civil war ended in 2005, the Church in Burundi has focused on issues addressing both the basic daily needs of the population (including food security, Malaria, HIV/AIDS, and Gender Based Violence) and the broader need for peace and reconciliation in the country. Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi was appointed the Vice-Chair of Burundi’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in December 2014.
A new wave of politically-motivated violence and conflict broke out in April 2015 and continues to this day. The Archbishop of Canterbury visited Burundi in March 2016 and has issued a Communion-wide call to prayer for the country and its political, religious, and civic leaders. He shares, “…the membership of the Church includes those on all sides of the political spectrum and of all ethnic groups, the Anglican Church of Burundi has the opportunity to play a key role in bringing peace and reconciliation locally and nationally and to share Christ’s love in turbulent times.”
It is vital to tell your elected officials to stand for peace in Burundi. If you live in the United States, this includes urging the President, Secretary of State, and the United States Congress to support peace building in Burundi. If you do not live in the United States, your voice is just as important: all world governments must stand with peacemakers in Burundi.
You can find contact information for the President, the Secretary of State, and your members of Congress below. We encourage you to call or write to express that as a person of faith, you support peace building.
The President: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
The Secretary of State: https://register.state.gov/contactus/contactusform
United States Senate: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
Your Local Representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
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