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In addition, the peace network has joined Amatora mu Mahora (Elections in Peace), a large national ecumenical network that recruited and trained election-period monitors. Taking a broader view of election monitoring, Amatora's monitors map any incidents of violence and note positive signs of peace.MCC Burundi is a small program, but it has been able to connect local grassroots peace activists- from university peace commissions to elders of village reconciliation councils- with the national efforts of Amatora mu Mahora."In this way, the national network has access to reliable local information and people of integrity in remote corners of the country",' [Rebecca Mosley] says, "and local peacebuilders are empowered to play a role in the national effort to solidify peace in their country."
Canadian Mennonite August 23, 2010 21 MCC joins efforts to minimize election violence in Burundi By Chad Umble mennonite Central Committee Release I n the African country of Burundi, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and its local partners are supporting ef- trained more than 200 election observers to work at polling stations on the election days. peace activists—from university peace commissions to elders of village reconcilia- tion councils—with the national efforts of forts to monitor voting and election con- “The presence of election observers may Amatora mu Mahora. flicts, hoping to minimize violence during actually discourage incidents of election “In this way, the national network has an already tense series of elections this fraud,” Mosley says, noting that election access to reliable local information and summer. fraud could spark renewed conflicts. people of integrity in remote corners of The country’s election season started In addition, the peace network has joined the country,” Mosley says, “and local peace- in late May and will continue through Amatora mu Mahora (Elections in Peace), builders are empowered to play a role in September, with at least five elections a large national ecumenical network that the national effort to solidify peace in their scheduled during those months. These recruited and trained election-period country.” elections are the first since all rebel groups monitors. Taking a broader view of elec- MCC Burundi also is advocating, laid down their weapons in 2008, officially tion monitoring, Amatora’s monitors map through Amatora mu Mahora, for the ending Burundi’s 15-year civil war. any incidents of violence and note positive National Election Commission to inter- Conflict and violence already have af- signs of peace. vene in situations where violence has escal- fected the first half of the elections. Twelve MCC Burundi is a small program, but it ated. The peace network is offering to pro- major political parties—who used to be has been able to connect local grassroots vide mediators. rebel groups during the civil war—contest- ed the results of the May elections, which gave 64 percent of the vote to the ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy: Forces for the Defense of Building BridgeS for 40 yearS Democracy. As a result, these 12 parties boycotted 2010 tourS churchEs and saFaris in kEnya and tanzania (February 23 - March 5) the June 28 presidential election, urging England and scotland visit mExico and its coppEr canyon (March 4-13) with oberammergau (July 23 - August 4) their supporters to stay home. About 60 ExplorE south amErica (March 20 - April 2) Faith luthEran holy land tour mEda in morocco (March 25 - April 5) grenade attacks were reported, killing eight with oberammergau (September 5 -16)
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