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Global religious leaders mourn at Gisozi Memorial site.
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Global South Church Leaders Irked at 1994 Atrocities
by Grace Mugabe
 
RWANDA 060920-1
September 20, 2006

[L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda - Rwanda] KIGALI CITY – Global church leaders are irked for what befell Rwanda during the 1994 Genocide, Peter Akinola, the leader of the church of Nigeria and chairman of the Global South church said while at Gisozi Genocide memorial.

The church leader expressed grief on September 19 while addressing hundreds of religious and peace activists gathered at Gisozi Memorial site.

In his opening remark, Archbishop Peter Akinola castigated the perpetrators of the Genocide, describing the action as inhuman and an evil of the highest order.

“Never commit such an evil thing again, try to live in harmony with one another for the good of the society,” Akinola said, adding that every Rwandan should turn from evil and pursue peace.

He urged Rwandans to stick to the message of hope for the good of the nation. “You stick to the message of hope and forge unity,” the prelate added.

“The 1994 mayhem is an indication that Satan used Rwandans to commit evil. It was a barbaric action and never again,” said Bernard Ntahoturi, the leader of the Anglican Church of Burundi.

“We shall continue as a church to spread the messages of hope for sake global stability,” Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini said.

On her part, the Vice Mayor for Kigali City, Jean Gakuba, hailed the global religious leaders for visiting Rwanda and urged them to pray for the Rwandans in order to remain united such that what befell Rwanda in 1994 will never happen again.

She urged religious experts to inform the world of what befell Rwanda so as to support peace and reconciliation activities across the globe. “Much as you are to convey what happened in Rwanda you shouldn’t also forget to tell the world the achievements Rwanda has scored,” Gakuba said.