Bujumbura, Burundi – Religious leaders, ombudsmen and mediators from 38 countries gathered in Bujumbura, on 25 and 26 March 2014, for an international Conference consecrated to interfaith dialogue and conflict prevention. The AWEPA representative in Burundi attended the Conference on behalf of the Political Coordinator of the AWEPA programme in Burundi.
The two-day event, which welcomed more than 200 delegates, was sponsored by the Burundian Ombudsman, Mr. Mohamed Rukara, and was hosted under the high patronage of Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza, the President of the Burundian Republic, with financial and technical assistance from the United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union, the United Nation’s Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Security Sector development programme in Burundi (DSS).
The main objective of the Conference was to raise awareness about the dangers of interreligious conflict and discuss the roots of recurrent ethnic and religious clashes in the Great Lakes region.
Among others, the international Conference was attended by the former President of the Republic of Tanzania, El Hadj Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Ms. Raymonde Saint-Germain, President of the Association of French-speaking Ombudsmen and mediators (AOMF), Mr. Paolo Tjipilica, President of the Association of African Ombudsmen and Mediators (AOMA), Dr. Abdallah Omar Naseef, Vice-President of the World Muslim Congress, and Mr. Serigne Diop, Mediator of the Republic of Senegal. Participating countries included Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Egypt, Angola, the Vatican, Canada, France, Belgium, Turkey, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, among others.
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