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Heartfelt solidarity for crisis in Burundi

Amid the current tense situation in Burundi, representatives of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the All Africa Conference of Churches are now on a solidarity visit to Burundi - 1 to 4 March. WCC general secretary Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said the visit was "to express our commitment to work with all religious leaders and all peace-seeking people of Burundi and to support their tireless efforts on the ground to secure a lasting peace and stability there.”

Separately, Simon Guillebaud, a mission associate with CMS (a Faith2Share member) who heads Great Lakes Outreach (GLO) in the capital of Bujumbura, writes in his blog:

"It is simply soul-destroying to watch this country tear itself apart, to be bombarded daily with stories of colleagues' and friends' gut-wrenching woe, to observe so much good work over the previous decade undone."

But he says he hopes and prays that "the impossible can happen, that Burundi can emerge into a new dawn, that somehow a pathway to peace can be established, however improbable that looks at this stage."

(Picture courtesy: GLO website)]