Hope over horror - Rwandan Bishop visits Harrogate

Bishop Nathan with pupils on his visit to St Peters's CE Primary School.  (130517M1)
Bishop Nathan with pupils on his visit to St Peters's CE Primary School. (130517M1)
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Rwandan peacemaker and Bishop Nathan Amooti brought his message of hope over horror to Harrogate this week.

Bishop Nathan is Bishop of Cyanugu, and has helped set up schools and orphanages for the thousands of children left parentless after the country’s 1994 genocide.

He delivered a talk with co-worker Richard Wallis at St Peter’s Church on Wednesday night, before touring the town on Thursday.

He visited St Peter’s Junior School and St Aidan’s CoE High School.

At St Aidan’s, he learned the school is seeking a link with a church in Africa.

Tim Hurren, Associate Priest at St Peter’s said: “The Bishop was surprised to hear the school is seeking a link in Africa, and it seems likely this will become one of the positive outcomes of this short visit.”

He was then treated to tea which originated from Rwandan growers at Taylors of Harrogate. There, he discussed how the company could forge stronger links with the country.

A Taylors spokesperson said: “Our business has a special relationship with Rwanda.

“Taylors staff talked to the Bishop about our long standing commitment with Rwanda.”