By Oscar Kimanuka, Director General for Rwanda’s National Information and Broadcasting Bureau in Kigali
This year’s theme for International Day of Peace highlights the fact that we cannot think about building a sustainable future if there is no sustainable peace. The example of Somalia in the Horn of Africa, Libya and Egypt simply demonstrate parts of our continent afflicted by relentless instability fuelled by a multiplicity of factors, including religion. Without sustainable peace, we cannot have effective governance and ultimately, we cannot have a sustainable future.
Rwanda and other African countries are involved in peace keeping around the world not for altruistic reasons but because history teaches that from our own experience, we understand that building a culture of peace requires that people and societies value freedom, justice, democracy, tolerance, solidarity and other attributes of human decency that promote respect for dialogue and understanding.
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