GNA – The Jesuit Justice and
Ecology Network Africa- JENA to launch “Silencing the Guns” campaign in
Accra on Wednesday, March 4, to enforce a just, poverty-free, peaceful, and
ecologically regenerative Ghana and Africa
The project is targeted at getting rid of
illegally acquired weapons in Ghana and Africa as well as promote prevention,
management and resolution of conflicts in Africa as part of African Union
Agenda 2063, Madam Scholastica Barimah, Assisting Coordinator, IYNIGO told the
Ghana News Agency in an interview in Accra on Friday.
She said JENA is working in partnership with
the Ignatian Youth Networks Initiating Generational Outcomes (IYNIGO), to
preach peace as Ghana prepares for Elections 2020.
JENA, is a diverse community of faith-inspired
Jesuit Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), also known as Social Centres.
Madam Barimah said the AU Heads of State and
Government in 2013 adopted the Silencing the Guns by 2020 initiative as a flagship
project that aims to end all conflicts in Africa by 2020.
She said the AU initiative was intended to
achieve a conflict-free Africa, prevent genocide, make peace a reality for all
and rid the continent of wars, violent conflicts, human rights violations, and
Since 2014, Africa has made progress in the
quest for peace and security, mostly by strengthening continental response
frameworks and institutions, as well as by working with the United Nations and
other organisations on the ground.
Over the past two decades, the guns have been
silenced in previous hotspots such as Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra
Madam Barimah said significant strides have
been made in difficult cases such as Somalia and Sudan, according to the Addis
Ababa-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS), and peace-building
initiatives on the continent have also helped quell many potential flare-ups.
JENA operates under the aegis of the Justice
and Ecology Office of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM).