International symposium

By Sheila Pires (SACBC)

The Denis Hurley Peace Institute of South Africa (DHPI), in cooperation with the Technical University of Würzburg-Schweinfurt (THWS), and other Catholic and civil society organisations is holding an international symposium in Nacala diocese, Nampula province, north of Mozambique.

The seven-day symposium under the theme “Working for a just, socially cohesive and conflict-resistant economic transformation to build lasting peace processes”, has brought together scholars, religious leaders, community members as well as internally displaced persons who fled from the conflict in neighbouring Cabo Delgado province.

According to the Director of the associate body of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC), the focus of the DHPI’s second international symposium is on “decolonisation” as most African countries rich in natural resources are “subject to economic colonialism coupled with endless wars.”

In an interview with the SACBC communications office on the sidelines of the international symposium, Johan Viljoen referred to Pope Francis’s remarks on economic colonialism and foreign powers’ exploitation of African countries rich in natural resources.

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