Archbishop of Canterbury visits refugee camp in Rwanda

Archbishops Onesphore Rwaje of Rwanda and Justin Welby of Canterbury lead a worship service at the Mahama refugee camp Kibungo. Photo: Lambeth Palace

Archbishops Onesphore Rwaje of Rwanda and Justin Welby of Canterbury lead a worship service at the Mahama refugee camp Kibungo. Photo: Lambeth Palace

[Lambeth Palace] The Archbishop of Canterbury visited a refugee camp in Rwanda on March 6, after a three-day visit to Burundi to show solidarity with Anglicans and pray for peace and reconciliation. Archbishop Justin Welby toured the Mahama Camp in the Kibungo Diocese of Rwanda, where almost 50,000 refugees – all from Burundi – have fled.

The Archbishop, together with Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje, the Archbishop of Rwanda, briefly toured the camp and then participated in a service for the refugees.

Mahama Camp is the UNHCR’s newest camp in Rwanda and in only four months since opening in April 2015 has become the country’s largest camp.

Archbishop Justin made the visit during a trip to Burundi to show solidarity with Anglicans and pray for peace and reconciliation in the country amid its ongoing political crisis.

  • Click here for a news report from the BBC’s Caroline Wyatt about Archbishop Welby’s visit to Burundi.

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