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Social Therapy Programme for Reconciliation
Grace Mugabe
RWANDA 060615-1
June 15, 2006

[L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda - Rwanda] The Anglican church of Rwanda has introduced a social therapy programme in Gicumbi District to foster unity and reconciliation among the residents.This was revealed on June 11 by Bishop Onesphore Rwaje, in an exclusive interview held at his office in the District.

He said that the social therapy programme was launched in 2005 by the District in collaboration with the Anglican Church in Bicumbi as a measure to heal the wounds of the 1994 Genocide as a result of a breakdown of the social bond that kept all Rwandans together.

"The programme has helped community members to allocate themselves in various groups. Each group is comprised of ten members who always meet to discuss and sort out their differences for social harmony," the prelate said.

He added: "The church is committed to working around the clock with the government for the good of the nation. We are expressing our total commitment to the development of the country through promotion of unity and reconciliation."

He pointed out that the programme has reaped positive results to the community where a huge percentage of the population have met, discussed and come up with solutions. "I call this a good step and I want to assure Rwandans that the church will continue supporting reconciliation work for the sake of resolving and managing conflicts and a success story in Rwanda," he said.

He urged Rwandans to reconcile and love one another and pledged to work hand in hand with the local district authorities for community development.