April 27, 2008

Archbishops: pray with us for Zimbabwe

by David Masters

The leaders of the Anglican church, Rowan Williams and John Sentamu, yesterday called for this Sunday to be an international day of prayer for Zimbabwe.

In a joint statement, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York called for an immediate arms embargo against the Mugabe regime.

They also demanded action from the international community – referring especially to South Africa and the UN – to end the post-election political crisis.

Mugabe has yet to announce the results of the election, and his regime have started cracking down on opposition party supporters. Meanwhile, the US has declared that the opposition party was the ‘clear victor’ in the elections.

Echoing concerns raised by Zimbabwe’s church leaders, the Archbishops stressed that violence in Zimbabwe is increasing to almost unmanagable levels, and could descend into a genocide as horrific as Rwanda.

All church denominations are invited to take part in the international day of prayer for Zimbabwe this Sunday, 27th April.

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