- Over 10,000 people participated in the Bujumbura Peace Run 2017.
- The run was officially launched by H.E Pierre Nkurunziza, the President of the Republic of Burundi.
- The Bujumbura Peace Run was organized by Afrika Mashariki Fest (AMF), a regional youth group whose mission is to promote domestic tourism in the region, Foster cohesion among the wanachi and to create awareness about the East Africa Community Integration.
- Everyone at Afrika Mashariki Fest would like to thank the people of Burundi.
On May 27th 2017, hundreds of people turned up for the inaugural Bujumbura Peace Run 2017. The well organized event was flagged off at Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium
H.E Pierre Nkurunziza, the President of the Republic of Burundi was pleased to officially launch the Bujumbura Peace Run which saw many people across the country participate.
The #BujumburaPeaceRun2017 was a strong message of peace,unity and harmony in the country and it brought messengers of peace from around the region.
AMF is a regional youth platform that’s engaging the young generation across East Africa in embracing regional integration through Art, Sports and Civil Society Advocacy. Its the first youth generation to run for East Africa, and the last generation that can do something about it. Apart form creating awareness about EAC integration, AMF promotes domestic tourism in the region and fosters cohesion among the wanachi in the region.
The Bujumbura Peace Run was AMF’s first events in Burundi and it started with the launch of the Bujumbura peace run. The aim is to promote sustainable peace in the region and to create cohesion among the people of Burundi and East Africa.
Creating a culture of peace takes commitment and handwork from the community itself. Its a consistent effort the local people to understand that when they leave in peace, they leave as a unit and everything else is possible.
This heartfelt and unifying BUJUMBURA PEACE RUN was open to all runners ranging across elite athletes to social runners / walkers. By running this event, many experienced the vibrant spirit of the Bujumbura community in a unique way and also contribute towards PEACE.