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ACNS3329 Christian Fellowship to Battle Arms Proliferation

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Date Fri, 28 Feb 2003 15:54:07 -0000

ACNS 3329     |     HORN OF AFRICA     |     28 FEBRUARY 2003

Christian Fellowship to Battle Arms Proliferation

[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

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.


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