Burkina Faso: The Emperor of the Mossi people marching for world peace

08.07.2009 - Ouagadougou - Pressenza IPA

Organisers of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence from now on can count on the support of the Emperor of the Mossi, Mogho Naaba Baongo. During the ceremony the Emperor said that he was very satisfied to accompany this organisation. Referring to himself as “a convinced peace militant”, he could do nothing but “join the initiative”. For him, “peace is the contribution of every individual, and it’s also a daily work that must be promoted in all actions taken individually or collectively.”

The National Coordinator of the WM in Burkina Faso, Moubaïla Compaoré sees in this endorsement, a noble act and a great support. The Minister for Promotion of Human Rights, Salamata Sawadogo, has greeted the gesture by the Mogho Naaba in receiving the WM promotion team. The Mogho Naaba Baongo who always advocates for peace and nonviolence read out a poem for peace during the ceremony. It was a poem that he wrote himself when in 2007 he received the Civipax Prize from the Citizens of the World Association.

The World March, that will start in Wellington, New Zealand on the 2nd of October 2009 – date declared by the UN and the International day of Nonviolence – will probably pass through Burkina Faso in November 2009. It will cover a distance of 160,000km during the 90 days it will take place. The finishing point will be in Punta de Vacas Argentina on the 2nd of January 2010.

For Moukaïla Compaoré, “This March will raise awareness of the global danger marked by the heightened probability of nuclear conflict, by increased militarism and the violent military occupation of certain territories”.

Source : Fasozine Ouagadougou

Categories: Africa, International, International issues

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