Anglican youth recommit to fight drug abuse
Over 300 youth affiliated to the Anglican Church in Musanze, Gakenke, and Burera Districts, on January 11, expressed concern and joined the ongoing countrywide sensitization campaign against illicit drugs.
The resolutions were decided at the end of their three-day youth camp organized by the church in Musanze District.
The youth from Evangelical Anglican church of Rwanda (EAR) Shyira diocese, vowed to involve and engage the community to prevent substance abuse among youth, under their theme “healthy youth.”
“If we can stop young people from starting to use drugs in the first place, we can save lives, support education and health programmes, among others,” said Kabaragasa Jean Baptiste from the EAR-Shyira diocese
In realizing their dreams against drug abuse, the youth resolved to form anti-drugs clubs in schools and communities; engage and work with different groups including parent, students, healthcare professionals, law enforcement, and the business community, among others.
Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Phelin Nshimyumukiza, the District Community Liaisons Officer (DCLO) of Musanze, hailed the youth initiative noting that it will supplement other existing community policing efforts to save the youth from drugs.
“Effectiveness in fighting drugs largely lies in the actionable commitment of everyone, and this is one of them,” AIP Nshimyumukiza told the youth, pledging Rwanda National Police support.
He also urged them to join efforts with other young groups through volunteering in fighting crimes and preventing the occurrence of lawlessness through information sharing.
AIP Nshimyumukiza noted that the country has also enacted comprehensive anti-drug legislation and established mechanism through community engagement to curb the scourge.
The youth, during their camp, constructed five houses for the disadvantaged families in Musanze District.