Standing with UU-Burundi: Supporting our spiritual family through troubled times
Talk and discussion by Gabrielle Bardall
Sponsored by UUCMC Social Action, January 17, 2016 from 4-6pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County
1475 W. Front Street, Lincroft, NJ 732.747.0707
Burundi is an East African nation of 11 million people that shares a border with Rwanda. UN officials have recently accused both government and opposition figures of stirring up ethnic tension between Hutus and Tutsis, amid fears of a return to genocide. On October 22nd, the Unitarian Church of Burundi (the Assemblée des chrétiens unitariens du Burundi) was attacked and ransacked, with bullets fired into walls and doors and money stolen. Members of the church were questioned by government officials who visited on a Sunday. On November 16th, the minister of the church, the Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana, was arrested from the church at gunpoint, taken into police custody and interrogated severely, regarding the activities of his church. He was threatened with physical harm and death. On November 27, the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists reported that Rev Fulgence has been freed and is safe. But the story is not over. Gabrielle Bardall, a life-time UU member in Monmouth County and currently in Montreal, has worked in Burundi for over ten years with the United Nations and other organizations. She knows Rev. Fulgence well. She will discuss the challenges still faced by Rev Fulgence and the Unitarian Congregation and tell us what we can do to help.
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