JENA to Launch an Africa-wide Peace Campaign on 4th March 2020
In keeping with its focus to be part of the movement for the promotion of peace in Africa, the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network of Africa (JENA) will this year 2020 tag along the efforts of the African Union in campaigning for peace under the slogan of “Silencing the Guns by 2020” campaign.
In this campaign, the African Union aims at achieving a conflict-free Africa, prevent genocide, make peace a reality for all and rid the continent of wars, violent conflicts, human rights violations and humanitarian disasters. Silencing the guns by 2020 was drawn from the union’s Flagship Projects of Agenda 2063 whereby it is aspiration of a peaceful and secure Africa. It was adopted in 2013.
JENA embraces the AU agenda as it aligns with our vision of a just, poverty-free, peaceful and ecologically regenerative Africa. Numerous challenges such as the trafficking of arms, deficiencies in governance, high unemployment rates and the marginalization of armed groups have made the silencing of guns elusive in Africa. To contribute to the “Silencing the Guns” agenda, JENA will launch a continent-wide advocacy campaign with the aim mobilizing, engaging, and celebrating young men and women’s steps towards silencing the guns.
Although war has been successfully brought to a stop in several countries among them; Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone, it still rages in; Libya, South Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR), the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Lake Chad Basin, which includes Chad and parts of Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon. There is important progress being made in Somalia and Sudan as efforts increase in the direction of lasting peace with a huge challenge presented by over 600 million youth unemployed in Africa.
According to Rev. Charles Chilufya, JENA will formally launch the silencing the guns campaign in Accra- Ghana on 4th March this year. The event will draw representation of Jesuit social centers, clergy, academia, peace practitioners and members of the fourth estate. This is in tandem with recommendations of the African Union. JENA trusts in the role of all stakeholders who include women and youth in the process of peace-building.