Rwanda | Rubavu: Gisenyi, Congo youth commence “peace week”
While insecurity prevails in Eastern region of Congo and reports of torture to some Rwandans in the area, youth in Gicumbi district have started a peace week as a means to protect residents.
On September 16th 2012, Rwandan youth in secondary schools and universities and youth from Goma town in DRC gathered to start a peace week in Rubavu district.
The event that was held at Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle (youth centre that always organizes International peace day) gathered over 100 youth from Goma and Gisenyi in Rubavu district.
The organizers and participants revealed that the purpose of the peace week is to promote peace culture after sharing ideas through talks, because peace is the strong weapon to change negative attitudes and resolving problems.
Emmanuel Dusabimana, coordinator of Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle asserted that the peace week will end on September 21st 2012.
He adds that youth will have positive minds on striving for peace through talks than resorting to violence and chaos as was the case in Rubavu district.
Peace week was organized by Jeunesse nouvelle through youth was funded by GIZ, Search for common ground, justice and peace Commission of Nyundo and other organizations that support peace culture.
The theme of this year’s international peace day says “sustainable peace for sustainable future”
Youth highlight these talks help them and they are ready to share with other youth to change the history of this region.