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Archbishop Kolini addressing the conference of the Anglican Peace and Justice Network
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United Nations betrayed Rwanda - Kolini
by Grace Mugabe
RWANDA 071010-1
October 10, 2007

[L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda - Rwanda] The leader of the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, His Grace Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini, has slammed the United Nations for its failure to halt the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

The prelate said this on Wednesday, 27 September during a two-day conference of the International Anglican Peace and Justice Network, held at Remera Anglican Church.

"The United Nations peacekeepers and workers parked their dogs, cats, beds and mattresses during a hundred days of genocide, and left Rwandans dying at the hands of the killers," Kolini said, adding that the act has lowered the image of UN in the face of the right-thinking members of the region.

He noted the only prayer for churches in the region is Let it never happen again, be it elsewhere in Africa or in the world at large. "The most crucial thing in this universe is the gospel of reconciliation," he added. He added that at the cross there is justice and love, which helps mankind to seek for repentance and forgiveness.

He urged Great Lakes churches and governments to cultivate a path for unity and reconciliation for the sake of peace and stability throughout the region. "The root cause of violence and unrest in Africa is lack of Holy Spirit," he told the gathering, adding that Rwanda does not want other nations to experience what it passed through, because it was bitter and hot.

For her part, the coordinator for International Anglican Peace and Justice Network, Dr Jenny Je Paa Dean, called up on world churches to help usher in peace in the Great Lakes Region . She urged the World Council of Churches and politicians to endeavour for peace the world over for the good of mankind.

The conference, which gathered together several peace advocates from the Great Lakes Region was also attended by peace experts from Korea, USA, Japan, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, India, Central Africa, Sudan, Uganda, Congo, Rwanda and South Africa.

The Great Lakes Region has been at the centre of conflicts and violence due to ethnic cleansing and political turmoil. The unrest forced tens of thousands of refugees to flee to neighboring countries for safety.