conflicts in the Horn of Africa are causing massive loss of
life, hardship, and instability for the whole region. In the
Western world, they occasionally hit the headlines, but otherwise
continue largely unnoticed.
For a number of years, individuals and small groups in the region,
inspired by MRA-IC, have engaged in a variety of trust-building
initiatives. In response to their appeal, AfR has invited a small
group of such individuals to Europe for three weeks in May 2000.
They have visited seven cities (Paris, Brussels, Berne, Geneva,
Stockholm, Bonn and London) to meet with policy-makers and others
concerned to assist in initiatives for reconciliation and development
in this part of the world.
1) to draw attention to, and increase understanding in Europe
of, the prevailing political and conflict situations in the
Horn of Africa
2) to outline current trust-building initiatives
3) to offer their insights and convictions on the future of
the Horn, as well as further ways to respond to the needs both
of their own countries, and the region as a whole.
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of the Visiting Delegation
Dr Yusuf O Al-Azhari Somalia; former Ambassador to the USA
and to West Africa. Since being a political prisoner for 6
years, he has given all his time to rebuild trust between the
clans and establish a national government in Somalia.
Amb. Bethuel Kiplagat Kenya; former Permanent Secretary of
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and High Commissioner to the
United Kingdom. He is currently working with the World Council
of Churches for reconciliation in Sudan.
Ato Mammo Wudneh Ethiopia; Chairman of the Writer's Association
and renowned author, playwright and journalist. He has been
working towards a durable peace between the people of Ethiopia
Mr. Fessaha Fre Weri Eritrea; a former businessman and civil
servant in the field of export. He became Project Co-ordinator
of the Eritrean Relief Association of Canada after he was forced
to take asylum there. He is now furthering his studies as well
as taking part in peacemaking initiatives.
AfR is seeking funds to cover the cost of this visit, which, including
travel, accommodation and co-ordination, amount to £16,000. Contributions
are invited. Cheques should be made payable to Agenda for Reconciliation.
AfR Secretariat 24 Greencoat Place, London SW1P 1RD, UK
Tel: +44 171 798 6000 Fax: +44 171 798 6001