Sunday, 9 December 2007

Applauding Archbishop Sentamu

Archbishop John Sentamu has cut up his dog collar on TV saying that this is what Robert Mugabe has done to people's identities in Zimbabwe. He said he won't wear his dog collar again until Mugabe is out of power. You can see the clip of this and the full interview by going to the BBC at this link. He called on the world community to unite against Mugabe. I can only applaud Sentamu for the powerful way he did this. This is someone who has lived and suffered under Idi Amin's dictatorship in Uganda and is proving to be a true modern day prophet.
Rev Ishmael Noko, LWF general secretary and himself originally from Zimbabwe, strongly condemned Zimbabwe's unprecedented brutality government earlier this year. Rev Setri Nyomi, general secretary of WARC, similarly expressed concern in a letter to the African Union asking that pressure be brought to get Zimbabwe to turn away from injustice. ACT (Action by Churches Together) have also recently alerted their network to the growing humantarian problems for "vulnerable Zimbabwians in South Africa".
Earlier in the year we held midday prayers for peace and justice in Zimbabwe, Ishmael Noko spoke very powerfully about the critical situation the country is in. I'll put a link to the liturgy here.