First Peace Lecture for Refugees Underway in Kiryandongo District.

The first Peace Conference for Refugees and its host communities is being organized in Kiryandongo district this month.
The conference that will be held on November 16th will draw South Sudanese, Rwandans, Ethiopians, Congolese, Tanzanians and Kenyans seeking asylum in Kiryandongo district, Uganda.
It will take place in Katulikire Sub County at the Mzizi Cultural Hub to precede the mega musical expo dubbed the ‘’Mzizi Sounds of the Nile Project’’.
Flora Veuger the Project Coordinator for the event said key speeches will be delivered by prominent peace luminaries such as Forest Whitaker a Nobel Peace Award winner, Novelist Wole Soyinka and the Chief Executive Officer of Western Union Money Transfer among other scholars.
She says it will focus on the spirit of togetherness and integration between refugees and their host communities to foster peaceful coexistence under the theme ‘’The Role of Artists in Development of Peace and Prosperity in Their Communities’’.
She stretched that Kiryandongo was chosen to host the event because of its different natures of culture, politics, sociology, tradition and religion and ethnicity drawn nationally and internationally.
James Serrugo, the Cooperate Advisor for the event says a two days musical performances by Bunyoro, West Nile, Lango and Buganda will follow the lecture from 17th to 18th.
The musical performances shall be graced by famous keyboardist, composer Cheick Tidiane Seck from Mali, Habib Koite also from Mali and Myko Ouma from Uganda.
Faith Brenda Aripa the project spokesperson says the event will be held annually for the next three years.
Reports from the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees published in January this year indicates that Kiryandongo district hosts over 60,000 refugees majorly from South Sudan, Sudan, Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia and Democratic Republic of Congo.
By Emmy Daniel Ojara.Kiryandongo.

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