Pan African peace caravan to visit Bujumbura

Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Peace and Solidarity Caravan initiated last year by a network of men and women with different profiles from about 30 African countries, is due mid-June in Burundi, official sources said.
Burundi will be the caravan's penultimate stop after passing through several countries in Africa.
Speaking to reporters at the weekend in Bujumbura, David Gakunzi, who is one of the organisers and director of the Martin Luther King International Centre in Burundi, described the event as a pacifist initiative coordinated by the Centre.
Gakunzi said the caravan started on Robben Island in South Africa's Cape Province, where Nelson Mandela was jailed for several years under the apartheid regime.
He said since 26 June 2000, the "Pilgrims of Peace" have visited several African capitals, holding public discussions on "the political renewal in Africa, good governance and security on the continent.
" The tour will end in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, on 21 June 2001, with the official launch of the "African Charter for Peace and Solidarity among the Peoples of the Continent", Gakunzi added.
Commenting on the Caravan's contribution to the Burundian peace process, he said the stop over in Bujumbura would enable his group to give a message of peace, tolerance and understanding among peoples, to ensure a harmonious social development.

04 june 2001 13:59:00

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