ACTION AND CONTACTS
A MOVEMENT FOR NON-VIOLENCE
Pan-Africa Reconciliation council (PARC) is grass-root community of people
working for socio-political as well as moral emancipation of mother Africa and
her siblings world-wide on the basis of non-violence and self-giving love. The
movement, based in Lagos City, Nigeria, seeks to promote peace, social justice,
mutual understanding and unity of purpose in all areas of human endeavour
The movement always strives to encourage the goodness in the social-political
system world-wide and strongly but non-violently condemns whatever seems to keep
our peoples in perpetual bondage, ignorance and wants.
PARC was set up on September 28, 1988 to respond to specific needs and appeals
and undertakes non-partisan endeavours on peace-keeping initiatives under a
discipline of non-violence and self-less service to the peoples of Africa and
their kins in the Diaspora.
In the execution of its programmes, PARC works closely with persons and
organisations who apply the foregoing principles to all aspects of life. It
equally seeks to:
- Mobilise public opinion and signature campaign for elimination of threats to
peace not only in Africa but also throughout the world.
forward written reactions to civil, religious and political authorities on
threats to peace.
- Set up structural, information, research and communication programmes that
could help our political authorities in taking mass oriented socio-degradation
in Africa or elsewhere.
encourage the peoples of Africa and their kins in the Diaspora n inter-faith
initiatives and respect for one another's religious, cultural or political
- support the endeavours of the U.N, O.A.U., ECOWAS as well as any other
regional, sub-regional and international organisations on peace, liberation,
mediation reconciliation and social justice.
Religious, political, social, environmental, ethnic, inter-ethnic and
international conflicts have been the bane of Africa since the emergence of
independence in the 1960s. Several thousands of people have been sent to their
to their rely graves, displace to hostile foreign environments and subjected to
a bestial life--style. This as the exact description of the
Senegalo-Mauritanian border inhabitants when caught up with conflict in 1989
before PARC intervened through passionate written appeals to the leaders of both
warring countries and which contributed to the quick restoration of peace and
tranquillity in that area.
The irrational pogrom in Liberia, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and currently in the
Great Lakes countries has been a source of concern to PARC. With the support of
well-meaning partner organisations in the global network, PARC intends to
undertake healing, rehabilitation, reconstruction and reconciliation projects in
the majority of the affected countries.
PARC is more than convinced that what Africa badly needs now is the pooling of
the available resources by the international community to bake the life
sustainng cake to feed its teeming millions and not bullets or bombs to kill its
offsprings; this is why the movement shall henceforth focus on peace education,
pragmatic non-violence training and direct intervention in social conflicts.
Current main projects
- Social and economic justice:
- fight against social and economic injustice in the entire African Community.
- organises work-shops on peace, social justice and reconciliation in African
- organises relief materials and welfare services for displaced persons as a
result of war and natural disters.
- studies, conducts research and establishes data on the causes of inter-communal
- plays mediatory roles towards resolving social conflicts;
- provides warning on the potential sources of conlict within and amongst African
- setablishes contacts with other movements with similar aims and objectives.
Youth and women:
- initiates faith-oriented educational resouces on active non-violence, peace,
social justice and reconciliation;
- undertakes grass-root campaigns for peace, human right, self-determination and
- organises youth leadership traning, co-ordinates international campaign to
eliminate discrimination against women and child abuse;
- assists students address issues of non-violence and peace;
- encourage transfer of technology and self-reliant endeavours for the youth
particularly in the rural environments.
The establishment of PARC has been greatly inspired and encouraged by the
Netherlands based International Fellowship of Reconciliation, the first
affiliate of which it became at the IFOR/SERPAJ seminar and council held in
Quito, Equador, South America in 1992. The inseparable relationship has since
continued to grow leaps and bounds over the years.
Other organisations with which it equally enjoys sound networking over the years
The endorsement of PARC's objectives by the moslem community not only in Nigeria
but across the continent is amatter of joy to our rank and file. This
encourages the movement to intensify its outreach programmes to other faiths of
African origin apart from the existing orthodox persuations.
- The International Peace Bureau, Geneva, Switzerland.
- World Constitution and Parliament Association, U.S.A.
- Earth Action International, U.S.A. and other organisations too numerous to
mention across the globe.
Membership of the organisation is open to both Africans and non-africans who
conscientiously embrace active non-violence as the way of life and as a means of
personal, social and political change. This is without regard for age, sex,
creed, race and level of education. PARCs membership count across the continent
as at now is about seven hundred (700) and spread across educational
institution, religious organisations and indviduals in about twelve (12) African
countries and Europe.
For further information contact:
P.O. Box 9354
Marina, Lagos City,
Fax (234-1) 2646082-4
Please quote "FDS 091" on fax.
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