Ahead of a visit to the region, U.S. Special Envoy to the Great Lakes region of Africa, Thomas Perriello, visited Vatican Radio to discuss the elections of two countries in the area: the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi. Perriello, who met with Vatican officials this week, said that while the DRC has the potential for peaceful democratic transition, Burundi is facing a disputed election.
“This is a moment over really even the next six or eight weeks where you could argue that ten or twenty years of very, very hard fought progress towards peace, stability, and justice across the Great Lakes is at risk, but there is also opportunities to make significant steps forward,” he told the station. Perriello also emphasized the importance of the Catholic Church in voicing humanitarian issues in the region.
The Vatican Radio interview can be found here.