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Christian Fellowship to Battle Arms Proliferation

Posted on: February 28, 2003 7:09 PM
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[All Africa News Agency] The Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa (FECCLAHA) has unveiled plans to battle proliferation of arms in the regions.

In an exclusive interview with AANA on February 12, the director of FECCLAHA, Ms Karimi Kinoti, stressed the need for churches to engage in the fight against proliferation of small arms saying, "we have a biblical mandate to affirm the fundamental value and dignity of human life."

Ms Kinoti exposed that her organisation had developed a two-sided initiative to fight arms proliferation in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa. She pointed out that the initiative was a major activity within the framework of a regional chapter of Decade to Overcome Violence launched in Kampala, Uganda, in March 2001.

"Under this initiative, we have a two-pronged approach - [supporting] our member councils in the border region of Kenya, Uganda and Sudan and their joint community-based projects," she said. "And regional advocacy to ensure that Nairobi Declaration (15 March 2000) is implemented by signatory governments."

Details of FECCLAHA's programme on war against arms proliferation in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa regions are contained in two reports released early this year by the organisation.

The reports, Developing A Regional Strategy for Advocacy on Small Arms and Cross-border Consultation on Proliferation of Small Arms, contain resolutions of two regional consultations on small arms proliferation FECCLAHA had organised in Kenya last year, in March and May respectively.