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Hyndburn and Haslingden MP looks at post genocide democracy in Rwanda
2:51pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
HYNDBURN and Haslingden MP Graham Jones has visited some of the poorest places on the planet.
Mr Jones travelled to Africa, with the Anglican Church, to look at post-genocide democracy in Rwanda, and Burundi, and the role of the church in reconciliation.
He visited capitals Kigali and Bujumbra to ask senior politicians about the levels of poverty. He said: “We are going to the most remote places without electricity, or running water, and plagued with mosquitos, staying in remote Anglican missions.
“Toilets are inevitably the disgusting long drop, and the food difficult.”
The government does not give aid to Burundi, the world’s fourth poorest nation, and Mr Jones said poverty, and the memories of genocide, were everywhere when he visited.
He added: “In Giterama, 64,000 people were rounded up by the Catholic Church and it took them two days to slaughter them all, bar two survivors.”
Mr Jones decribed widespread trauma, mental health problems, and an HIV and AIDS epidemic from the mass rape of women, with many widows and orphans.
Mr Jones was due to visit Uganda later this week.
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