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Burundi: Catholic Peace Radio Seeks National Frequencies

A Catholic peace radio started by the Catholic Bishops of Burundi in 2006 is seeking government permission to broadcast throughout the country. Radio Ijwi Ry'Amahoro, meaning 'Voice of Peace' in Kirundi, was inaugurated by Bishop Jean Ntagwarara, president of the bishops' conference, in April 2006. It covers the capital Bujumbura and the surrounding areas.

Speaking to Fides news agency during the station's first anniversary, Fr. Emmanuel Muyehe, the station director, said Radio Ijwi Ry'Amahoro intends to be the church's voice for new evangelization and promotion of peace throughout Burundi. He added that the church hopes the station will help promote a culture of peace and reconciliation in Burundi, which still bears the scars of terrible civil strife. The radio, which was started with the help of the Italian Bishops' Conference, broadcasts in the official Kirundi, French and Swahili languages.

(Catholic Information Service for Africa (Nairobi), 20 July 2007)

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