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BPRA peace concert a success
Residents Association (BPRA)
September 24, 2012
Residents Association (BPRA) on Saturday 22 September 2012 successfully
held a concert to commemorate the International Day of Peace concert
which was attended by over 700 residents, community leaders, political
party representatives and civic society leaders from across the
which were held under the theme 'Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable
Future' at the Large City Hall, saw performance of the nationally
acclaimed stage musical Gri-Eshe, which is an ensemble consisting
of artistes including Jeys Majahawodwa 'Kozekulunge'
Ndlovu, Black Umfolosi, Umdumo Wesizwe, Willis Watafi and Family
Voices. The main highlight of the event was a play performed by
Gwanda theatre group Jahunda Community Arts called "1983,
the years before and after which delves on the issue of the Gukurahundi
massacres and how Zimbabweans need to confront the truth about that
sad period and heal from it through
forgiveness and reconciliation.
were held with the aim of bringing residents together encourage
them to engage peacefully in all matters that affect them be it
politically, economically, socially or culturally. The event was
hosted under BPRA's Residents Building Peaceful Communities
Project that aims at instilling a culture of peaceful coexistence
among residents in Bulawayo regardless of differences in political
persuasion, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity. As part of
the project, the association has held various community dialogue
meetings and leadership fora that have brought together residents'
leaders, political party representatives and church leaders to discuss
issues to do with peace building and reconciliation in Bulawayo.
The International Day of Peace was initiated by the United Nations
(UN) in September 1981. The occasion has since been declared by
the General Assembly of the UN as "a day devoted to strengthening
the ideal of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples."
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