A day of both celebration for the future, and of reverence for those who have lost their lives in conflict.
The ACCORD Bujumbura office joined Peace day celebrations to applaud Burundi’s success in finding peace and to affirm the need to continue with ongoing efforts to ensure that sustainable peace prevails in the country.
The International community and various civil society groups gathered at the Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium in Bujumbura on 21st September for a Peace Day function organised by the Government of Burundi (GoB), United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) and International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
The ACCORD Burundi Staff joined others in the stadium for a moment of silence to remember those Burundians who died during the civil war. The Women of Burundi then sang ‘Amahoro’ (Peace) around the stadium and, at 12h00, in collaboration with people around the world, the gathering took another moment of silence for peace in Africa.
The festivities concluded with a soccer game “playing for peace” in honor of peace day. The teams were led out by Algeria’s soccer legend Raber Majer.
After returning from the stadium, the ACCORD Bujumbura staff lit a candle symbolising solidarity and commitment towards ACCORD’ s motto “I support peace in Africa”. Staff spent most of the afternoon in dialogue about peace.