Rwanda and Burundi

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BWA General Council Resolution 1994.1

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Uppsala, Sweden from 18-24 July 1994:

DEPLORES the violence and bloodshed in the nations of Burundi and Rwanda during recent months:

LAMENTS the destruction of at least half a million lives in Rwanda alone;

EXPRESSES grave concern about the welfare of millions of refugees fleeing the continuing violence in Rwanda;

RECOGNIZES the growing burden which is being placed on the nations receiving Rwandan refugees;

ACKNOWLEDGES AND AFFIRMS the inescapable biblical principle which calls all Christians to be peacemakers;

URGES the immediate peaceful intervention by members of the international community for the dual purpose of providing a substantial humanitarian response and mediating a satisfactory statement among the warring factions;

IMPLORES all nations whose arms trade or other involvements compound the problems to cease from those activities;

CALLS UPON Baptists around the world to respond by giving promptly and generously to the Africa Refugee Assistance Fund of the Baptist World Alliance with its goal of US$ 1.5 million, including $500,000 through the ministry of Baptist World Aid.


Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1994.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1994), p. 115.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1994.1 Rwanda and Burundi;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1994.1).

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