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Bishop Onesphore Rwaje, with participants
Photo/ Grace Mugabe
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We are committed to heal society from trauma - Bishop
by Grace Mugabe
RWANDA 070110-1
January 10, 2007

[L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda - Rwanda] The leader of the Anglican Church?s Byumba Diocese, The Rt. Rev. Bishop Onesphore Rwaje, has said the church is committed to heal trauma cases in Rwandan society for the sake of pleasing God the Almighty.

The prelate said this January 9 to over 200 participants gathered at Hotel Des Mille Collines during a three day sociotherapy workshop, organized by the Anglican Diocese of Byumba in conjunction with the Rwandan Ministry of Health.

Addressing the workshop, Bishop Rwaje said the church has done the necessary to see that Rwandans are healed from the wounds of trauma that was caused by the 1994 Genocide.

?As Rwandans we should work together in a bid to heal the society from the scars of Genocide,? he said, adding that Byumba Diocese in conjunction with Gicumbi local officials have bailed out the community from trauma obstacles.

He urged other stake holders to join hands and assist in healing traumatized Rwandans across the country.

He hailed the Rwandan government for its great support in the reconciliation process and pledged to continue working with the government for the development of the nation.

On his part, the Mayor of Gicumbi district, Bonnane Nyangezi commended the Anglican for inculcating the culture of peace in the society as well as commencing a sociotherapy project in the region.

The workshop, which is regarded by many as unique of its kind, was also attended by sociotherapy experts from Uganda, Burundi, DRC Congo, Tanzania and Rwanda, the host.